Defining Value

'Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.'
Oscar Wilde


In the business world we measure employee performance in terms of time, money, and output to determine bonuses and promotion prospects.  On a personal level how do you define 'value'? The dictionary says: 

  1. the regard that something is held to deserve
  2. principles or standards of behaviour; 
  3. one's judgement of what is important in life.

When I sort my closet I make the judgement of what to keep based on, 'Is it beautiful?', 'Is it useful?' and 'Can I live without it?'.  Every year it shrinks.

'I make myself rich by making my wants few.'
HD Thoreau

But what about how we spend our time and with whom?  Bob Dylan says, " A man is successful if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do".   Given that we have a limited time on earth it behooves us to live in a way that embodies our true selves and  allows us to grow as humans. 

'Your core values are the heart of your business.' - Anon

As the holidays and another birthday approach, I reflect on what is giving me the deepest satisfaction in my life in order to do more of it while on the flip side what is not serving my true Self and letting that go.  I am indeed fortunate in that everyday I  express my values, to share, inform, and transform clients which brings profound satisfaction knowing I have made a difference not only here but elsewhere in the region.  The Red Doors community grows, the breadth and depth of our services expands and from one drop,  one person, the ripples of change travel around the world.  Thank you for joining me on the journey.  I invite you this week to let go of the baggage that is no longer allowing you to live in your authenticity.