One Saturday evening Kelly and I were driving to some friends and chatting about a seminar that was on. I said I had no interest in it and I wouldn’t be attending – basically I don’t want to spend my time on things I see no value in.
Jokingly she asked, ‘Do you see value in me?’ I rubbed her bump and said ‘You’re growing in value every day!’ But this got me thinking. What do we do (or not do) that makes us grow in value, to ourselves and to others – not monetary value but real value?
How Has Your Value Grown?
What if you improve your health? Surely you’ve improved your value to yourself but what about your kids or your partner? Maybe a partner you’ve not met yet!
What about coming to Prime Mover and performing squats and lunges (properly). You’ve increased your glute strength, which will have a carry over into less back pain, now or in the future. That’s got to be an increase to yourself, and maybe the NHS!
Increased your knowledge? That certainly increases your value, but what if you ‘pay it forward’ and pass that knowledge onto someone else. Now you’ve increased your value to them AND their value!
What if you stopped smoking? You’re increasing your value to a LOT of people there. How about giving up the booze for a month, 3 months, A YEAR? You’ll increase your value to yourself more than you can imagine and you might just inspire someone else to try it too, increasing their value in the process.
How about if you helped someone in some way? You’ve certainly grown in value to them, you’ll grow in value to yourself and to any others that know what you’ve done – obviously not the aim but a nice by-product of whatever you do.
It could be as simple as letting someone in while driving, instead of blocking them out! You’ve increased your value to yourself by not causing a big stress response that would stay with you for the next few hours (whether you know it or not) and maybe the guy (yes it’s probably a bloke) pushing in appreciates it too. Maybe holding a door for someone or even just if you smiled at someone rather than stare blankly in their face? What difference would that make?
In For A Penny
There’s lots of things you could do and like they say ‘watch the penny’s and the pounds look after themselves’. All the little things which take hardly any effort can make you a very valuable person indeed!
Start with a few of the simple things today and see how your value grows…here are some more ideas from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.