One morning last week as I was walking into my office, I noticed trash on the front lawn.
This is not that unusual, since the office is at the corner of a busy street. I went to collect the trash and saw what seemed to be the contents of a glove compartment “emergency kit” — a bag of mixed nuts, hand warmers, wet wipes, a pack of gum, a roll of breath mints, and a packet of fruit gummy snacks — all strewn about near an opened ziplock bag. Nestled among these items was a clean, crisp 3x5 card with these words written in bold marker on one side: You are of Great Worth! I was astonished. This item was definitely not trash.
I collected all the items in the bag, and took the 3x5 card upstairs to my office. It is now on my desk, permanently.
It feels like the message is for me, and also to share with everyone I encounter. You are of Great Worth!
What does that mean, to be of great worth? And what can we glean from a “random” message about it, on the side of the road?
I don’t think we use the word “worth” as much as we could in our parlance. Instead, it seems to be that the word and concept of “deserve” gets pressed into service a lot. But I have a hard time with the concept of “deserving.” I believe that everyone deserves a good life, and that at the same time, life is not fair. So if one person “deserves” something, does that mean that another does not? No. But sometimes it sure seems that way. A man “deserves” a raise and his female colleague does not? Does anyone “deserve” a cancer diagnosis? What does one do to be “deserving,” anyway? It just doesn’t sit with me.
I looked up the definition of “deserve,” and found that it is to do something or have or show qualities worthy of either reward or punishment. Well, I am not a “reward or punishment” kind of person. I am an abundance and forgiveness kind of person.
So then I looked up “worth” - The origins of the word are Old English, as a verb, meaning “to become.” Oh, my gosh! To become. We all deserve to become. In current use, as an adjective, “worth” can mean having monetary or material value. But It also means "to the fullest extent of one's value or ability.” And this is what I’m going for — that we are all worth becoming the women and men we were created to be, to the fullest extent of our value and ability.
The tagline of Four Corners Counseling (soon to be Four Corners Center for Counseling and Well-being) is Mind, Body, Spirit and Relationships: The Four Corners of a Thriving Life. It is my life’s purpose and joy to become the person I have been created to become, and to help others do the same.
You are of Great Worth. You are becoming the person you are meant to be, to the fullest extent of your value and ability. And I celebrate you!