Do you know the value of everything you do and every person you touch? Do you see the value of YOU? Did you know that even the most seemingly insignificant act of kindness is a valuable contribution to society? Your value goes well beyond having money and no matter what you do, you contribute and bring value to the world!
I’m very fortunate to have wonderful generous and loving friends and family but often I wish I had more time and money to give to the many organizations I would like to support. In a recent episode of Secret Millionaire I found myself marveling at the generosity of Chicago native Steve Kaplan as he stepped into the role of volunteer giving of his time and then presenting very generous donations to several worthy Chicago organizations (see below for website links).
Philanthropy is one thing but putting yourself in the shoes of people not as fortunate as you and living it for a week is altogether a different story. As I watched the episode (tears streaming down my face) all that kept going through my mind was “I wish I had enough money to do that”. This same weekend a dear friend went to an expo for the disabled where they offered animal therapy. After seeing the pictures and hearing his story I thought to myself “what an amazing person. I wish I could be like that”.
It got me to thinking about value and how each of us contributes in our own way. We all have something different to offer and everything we say or do is a valuable resource whether we know it or not. What each of us has to offer has value that goes well beyond our scope of consciousness. Do you see yourself as having value? Do you value all that you are and that your contribution is even more valuable than you might realize? Your value is MORE than how much money you have and the more you value who you are, your talents and what you have to offer the bigger your contribution becomes!
Who is to say the waitress at the diner is not a single mother raising a future millionaire who will create an organization to feed the hungry or give shelter to a homeless person? Who is to say my client who is a psychologist or a social worker friend, both of whom have dreams of working with abused women, won’t heal and empower themselves through sessions or words of encouragement to move forward and create a safe haven to help countless battered women? Who is to say that my dear friend who because of volunteering at an event for the disabled and now wants to get his PhD in Equine Therapy doesn’t go on to help an untold number of disabled people and bring them joy?
It is not what you DO, how much money you have or if you have the time or inclination to volunteer. You have value and contribute by doing what YOU do! There is great value in living and expressing your passion. You don’t have to be wishing you could ‘be more like’ or ‘have enough money’ or time to give. The things you do now and being true to who you are, these ARE the contributions because who is to say what the future effect of your words or deeds will be. Take a moment to think about the people in your life and your contribution. There is value in love and friendship and that love and friendship may be the very thing that allows another to heal and create great things! The children you raise, those who you mentor and those whom you inspire; You contribute to all of them and there is great value.
Do you see this value within yourself? Do you recognize how valueable you are? Do you see the value in small acts of kindness or words of encouragement? If you are passionate about helping and have the resources to give your time and money by all means volunteer or present that big check! That said, maybe it’s time you see your REAL net worth and how valuable you are. See and feel your value and the contribution you make every day of your life! ~Shine Your Light Debbie
©Debra Taitel 2012 All rights reserved
- Kids Off the Block (http://kobchicago.org/)
- H.O.M.E. (http://www.homeseniors.org/index.html)
- Bin Donated (http://www.bindonated.org/)
- Watch the Secret Millionaire Episode!