In one household…
She took all the jewellery away from her daughter because she felt that her daughter did not show any interest in the beautiful collection of gems which were given to her over several years. She was upset that her daughter simply did not connect with the precious, expensive stones. She seemed to find far greater joy in designing colourful beaded bracelets. Twenty years later, she became an art and crafts teacher, a profession which brought great happiness to her. Her mother is still perplexed about the lack of enthusiasm towards the beautiful gems.
In a big city…
She looked at the handbag in the store which was valued at $750.00. She wondered who would pay that kind of money for a handbag. A bag is just a bag. A $20 one is just as good as the $750.00 bag. She consciously chose to move on to the next store. Going to expensive handbag stores suddenly became a no-no for her. It was one less stop when shopping.
In another country..
He visited a small island and fell in love with it. More than anything else in the world, he wanted to live in this space where he felt rich and free at the same time. He went back to America, sold everything he had and made a home on the island. The tides that lapped at his feet in the early morning was priceless. He became an island man, married an island girl, had three island children and used his experience to help others understand the importance of choosing a lifestyle which speaks to you from the heart and soul.
Across the world…
The pain from her childhood casted a dark shadow over her life. She lived in fear, paralysed that she would die like her sister did. The nightmares rolled over and over in her mind until she decided to claim her life and use her sister’s death to educate others about drunkard driving. The pain lessened as she gave value to the experience. After many years, she realized that she found purpose in life, through the pain that she suffered.
In the basement…
He lived with the regret of spending much of his hard earned money drinking and partying in his younger days. He felt that he should have been wiser and saved more money. One day, he threw the regret out of the window and re-framed the party going days as some of the best days of his life. He got pictures of his friends and wrote a letter to all of them to reconnect and laugh about the past. The rekindling of friendship has made him a happier person. He has given new value to his past.
Everything is just something, until we give it a personal value. Pain can be transformed. Regret can be healed. Love can be restored. Purpose can be found. Sometimes we have great treasures but we are not aware of their high value. We can easily lock ourselves in a prison – simply because we cannot re-frame our experiences. Sometimes, we spend days and nights and years on things which has no value to us simply because we are going along with the crowd.
Be mindful of the moments that create your future… what are you adding value to? What is adding value to you?
Live your future now… re-define your experience so that it adds value to your life and the lives of others.