Value

The Power of Story and How It Creates Meaning and Value in Life.

Looking at art

The other day I went to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

It had been years (probably closer to a decade) since I had been to the Albright-Knox (or to any art museum for that matter), and I wanted to spend some time with other people’s masterpieces.

I felt like I was in a rut and that I was seeing the same art and inspirations on the same platforms day in and day out.

I wanted to re-frame my thinking and step outside of my normal zone with the hope of creating new connections in my brain that might inspire my next move with my own art.

What’s interesting is that I found myself surprisingly distant and disconnected from the pieces in the exhibit.

As I walked piece to piece, my thoughts were roughly as follows: Continue reading

“I am liken to a grain of wheat which faces one of three futures.  The wheat can be placed in a sack and dumped in a stall until it is fed to swine.  Or it can be ground to flour and made into bread.  or it can be placed in the earth and allowed to grow until its golden head divides and produces a thousand grains from one.  I am liken to a grain of wheat with one difference.  The wheat cannot choose whether it be fed to swine, ground for bread, or planted to multiply.  I have a choice and I will not let me life be fed to sine nor will I let it be ground under the rocks of failure and despair to be broken open and devoured by the will of others.  Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

“The feeling of being valuable – ‘I am a valuable person’ – is essential to mental health and is a cornerstone of self-discipline.  It is a direct product of parental love.  Such a conviction must be gained in childhood; it is extremely difficult to acquire it during adulthood.  Conversely, when children have learned through the love of their parents to feel valuable, it is almost impossible for the vicissitudes of adulthood to destroy their spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

The Value of a $20 Bill

A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.”

He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. Continue reading

“Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, ‘I am of no value,’ is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.” ~ Dalai Lama

 

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