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#491: What Determines Your Worth?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Heard an interesting question posed on a radio show this morning: "What determines your worth?" emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have you ever considered this in your own life? Is it being a wife or husband? A parent emoticon? How about being a valued employee or neighbor emoticon?

We derive some of our feelings of worth from these roles don't we but surely not all?

I submit that what largely determines our worth are the contributions we make to those with whom we come into contact and to our communities. emoticon

Something as simple as holding a door open for someone or thanking them for the work they do emoticon can magically alter someone's outlook for the better. Wishing them a happy day, helping pick up dropped items -- there are so very many ways to enrich others and in turn ourselves. Can you teach a youngster to ride a bike emoticon? Teach an adult to read emoticon? Help at a nursing home or animal shelter emoticon emoticon? Every time we reach out to uplift others our worth increases many-fold.

Simply being the best we can at what we do and doing the best we can at all we attempt goes a long way toward validating us as people. emoticon

When circumstances threaten to drag us into the depths of despair, let's realize that we are all as unique as snowflakes and thus have unique abilities for which we should be thankful, abilities we can invest in others, raising our self-worth forever. emoticon

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    Simple, yet profound. Most times those things which make such a difference in people's lives are easy to do and cost us nothing ( like a smile, a kind word, a helpful hand). Thanks for the reminder, Lou.
    3546 days ago
    Beautiful blog. I really needed to read this today Lou. Sometimes I forget.....and let depression pull me down. I appreciate the reminder to be grateful & to remember that God doesn't make junk. Thank you for sharing the journey with us. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon
    3548 days ago
    You always cause us to think, Lou. Thank you!
    3549 days ago
    Well said. While shopping at Wally-world this evening, I happened to drop my list and coupon collection. Before I could bend over to retrieve it, a twenty-something young man bent over, grabbed it up, and presented it back to me with a smile and a nice comment. This simple act of kindness did, indeed, lift my spirit:)

    And I love to do similar things for others; it not only benefits them, but I am blessed for having done such.
    3549 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    It is a struggle for many of us, but reflection helps. We are more than the sum of
    our parts. I don't always do or try my best, but that is the direction I am heading.

    We can do this!
    3549 days ago
    Well said as usual. Definitely a "I Liked This" Blog!

    3550 days ago
    I wholeheartedly agree.
    And I didn't see any mention in your blog about physical appearance...
    ...which is all too often emphasized.

    3550 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    I try to reach out to those who need my help, even if they don't ask sometimes. Thanks for a great post Lou!
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    3550 days ago
    I think you're right, Lou. How we choose to give and when largely defines us.
    3550 days ago
  • CHARMIN944
    You are so right. Helping or showing a kind gesture sometimes blesses us as well as the recipient. This is what the Lord wants his children to do.
    3550 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    You are so right again Lou. Sometimes the simplest gestures can mean the most - a smile or a "good morning" from someone can really get the day off to a wonderful start.
    3550 days ago
    I think so many people underestimate how easy it is to make someone else's day a little brighter. It really isn't too difficult, nor does it require a lot of work or effort. Thanks for a great reminder, Lou!!!
    3550 days ago
    I go to the local store here and smile at people I do not know...I offer my help to the elderly and just be a kind human being to all.

    3550 days ago
    So true. I am feeling a bit down and need to get out of myself and help someone else.
    3550 days ago
    AMEN, Lou! Your blog is so TRUE!

    Not to toot Clayton's horn too loud, or anything, but I am so proud of him because HE brightens people's days all the time! I love it that his mother and father have been teaching him kindness and manners! Just yesterday, after swimming in the pool, he said to Drex, "Punkin, thank you for giving me all that water to play with!" He even thanks the checker in stores and tells them to have a nice day! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 6/13/2011 8:59:02 AM
    emoticon ideas in your blog! emoticon

    - Karen
    3550 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    You're so very right about that! Thank you, Lou! I loved your blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3550 days ago
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