Value is one of the biggest concepts we all have to deal with, each and every day of our lives. Whatever it is that you do, and however you see yourself, value is part of your life.
Each of us has made major life decisions based on what has value for us, and whether or not we think we have value.
The 21st century is all about the redefinition of this word. As our economies fluctuate and falter, and our former ways of seeing the world and ourselves change, what once had value may also be changing. What we once depended on to increase in value, has failed us. Or is it that we are the ones who are changing, and as we change within, our outer world does also? Perhaps we are now able to see more clearly what has true meaning for us, as we move forward?
In the past few years, many people have experienced being devalued; jobs cut, real estate in decline, infrastructures crumbling. It has been a tougher market out there. What is funny is that we all continue to live on a planet brimming with natural wealth, beauty, and everything we need to create wonderful lives for ourselves. Apparently, something big is changing here. Could it be us?
It is wonderful to see that more people have begun to look for their own answers within themselves. Rather than measure their worth by what the marketplace says it is, people are looking within, listening to their hearts more. By taking the time to learn what has meaning for them, they naturally set a new way of living in motion.
This is a great opportunity to redefine what has true value and meaning for you. If you know your own true worth, no invalidation can step into your way. This is entirely up to you. If you continue to allow others to define this for you, you will not have much say about how you are seen, by yourself or them.
When your value is determined by the marketplace, where does that leave you? This is the tough question many people are grappling with now. When one has been unable to find a job suitable for one’s experience and level of training, what does that do to one’s self image? It can be hard to find your way when what you have to give is no longer deemed worthy, and seems to be no longer needed.
Artists have been familiar with this question for as long as there has been an outside value placed on their art. Creators of all kinds have continued to create, even in the seeming face of indifference. They know that it is up to them to bring their creations forward, and that these creations will not exist if they don’t. Even through the greatest difficulties, artists will make art. The creative spirit comes through, over and over. What is truly valuable, rises to the surface, yet again. That spirit, that determination to bring the new vision into reality, becomes their gift to the rest of us. There is value in originality, in creativity, in self expression.
Think of the artists, musicians, performers, writers, teachers, healers, scientists, inventors, who gave from themselves and by doing so, created a brand new world, again and again. By creating something and releasing it, you also help to create a brand new world. What if your vision has value?
What many people are finding now is that this is a time of opportunity. With old ways of doing business moving behind us, we have more space in which to create a whole brand new way of living life. It is the time to take responsibility for your own vision, to bring it forward, to value what you want to see become reality.
What has been fun to see is that many people are turning to their original dreams. You know, the ones they had when they were younger, before they were convinced to “get real” and “get a real job”. How interesting that the original dreams people return to are often their creative dreams, the ones they wanted so much when they were younger.
If you begin with deciding your own value, you may create a whole lot more than you thought you could. If you have been used to allowing the outside world to determine your inner worth, perhaps now is the time to reverse that way of doing business for yourself.
Creativity is an exercise of the spirit. What if you are actually your greatest creation? How does your life change when you begin to see yourself this way? You may be much more powerful than you think you are.