March 30
A true measure of your
worth includes all the
benefits others have gained
from your success.

Cullen Hightower


Today's Meditation:

I think it's important that we sometimes sit down and ask ourselves just how others have gained from our presence on this planet.  And the benefit doesn't necessarily have to be direct, either--the mother who raises the son or daughter to be a teacher who helps kids to reach their potential also has benefited those kids.  And I know that I've gained benefit from thousands of other people in the world, from the people who made this computer to the people who made the tomato soup that I just had for dinner--people whom I'll never meet or know, but people who nonetheless have contributed greatly to my life.

There are many false measures of worth.  The amount of money we have in the bank, the number of friends we have on Facebook, the number of followers of our Twitter posts, the square footage of our home, the car we drive, the number of home runs our kid has hit in Little League.  We do have to look at true measures, though, because if we get a false idea of our worth, an idea that we're worth more than we truly are, then it's easier for us to stop trying, to stop pushing, to stop working at making our worth even more.

Success can be a lonely victory.  We can succeed greatly, yet still feel lonely, confused, frustrated, and unfulfilled.  And that happens mostly because we don't have a truly accurate measure of our success--we have a picture that uses criteria that aren't nearly as important as we think they are.

With a focus on what we do that contributes in positive ways to the lives of others, we see what we're giving to the world.  When we see some of the other measures of success, then we see what we're taking from the world.  From experience and from the words of other people who have lived full and wealthy lives, I've learned that probably the most important element of our lives, the greatest determining factor of our true worth, is what we give to the other people with whom we share this planet, and my goal is to keep on giving until I'm no longer here to give any more.

Questions to consider:

What have you done today--even on a very small scale--that's contributed to the life of someone else in a positive way?

Why is it important to measure our worth based on what we have contributed to others?

From where do we get our ideas of how worth is measured?  Are the measures that you grew up thinking were accurate really accurate?

For further thought:
We bless the life around us far more than we realize.  Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways:  the unexpected phone call, the brief touch, the willingness to listen generously, the warm smile or wink of recognition.

Rachel Naomi Remen


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