What are you worth?

"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."
—Malcolm S. Forbes
Ah... Value

If you've been reading my blogs over the years, you know how often I've written about value but I don't think that I've ever told this story.

After I graduated college, I worked at an independent book store on St. Armand's Key in Sarasota, Florida. I have a whole drawerful of stories from that chapter but...

One day, a woman flew into the store, rather breathless, and asked "Do you have any books on the value of shells?"

"The...value...of...shells?" I repeated back to her.

"Yes," she said, "I see all these people walking along the beach, picking up shells. Do have a book that tells how much they're worth?"

I opened my mouth but couldn't think of what to say to her. I'm sure I was polite though I probably laughed and said, "Oh. They're just beautiful. We like to look at them and feel them. People pick them up for souvenirs. They remind us of the sea and the beach.They remind us of feeling good and of what we love." (How could you not know this?)

As if the question wasn't preposterous enough, (I mean, I know there are businesses that sell shells), the woman was crestfallen by my reply. I wondered if she even believed me.

"Wow," I thought. "Wow."


As far as I know, an exoskeleton does not have consciousness. But we do.

Although people try to do it all the time, you can't put a price on the experience of real beauty, or truth, or goodness. The ineffable quality of experiencing life in present tense is priceless. It's consciousness in action.

Money is important, no getting around that. But there's also no getting around the fact that, when it's your time to go, money isn't going with you. When you look back over your life, I guarantee you that you won't value how much money you made or spent or lost.

You will think of what you learned through your experience on earth, whether you were true to yourself, if you loved, if you were happy (because, of course, if you're happy, you make others happy), if you did the best you could with what you were given, how you spent your time. Stuff like that.

That's why I've put this new coaching program together.

Life is the First Art is not going to be deep and heavy, but the course is designed to help you get to know yourself better, to become more authentic, and to live in a way that will please you to look back upon.

Not that you don't have plenty to be pleased about already! That's the thing we tend to forget, or dismiss — Our inherent value and the awesomeness we bring to the planet every day.
"Self-worth comes from one thing — thinking that you are worthy."
—Wayne Dyer
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Margie said...

Can you benefit from the class even missing all the Thursday teleconferences? ( schedule conflict)

Suzanne McDermott said...

Hi Margie! I looked for your email but couldn't find one via your sites. To answer your question... Absolutely! I'll find ways to bring you into the conversations and for you to get to know the others. All of the exercises, "work" (play), listening and reading will be outside of the Thursday calls. If you sign up for the entire course, you have one on one coaching calls with me but, I'm very accommodating and would love to have you join us. Shoot me an email via the contact tab above and we'll talk more. I hold the intro price in place for you. Hope you read this! http://www.suzannemcdermott.com/p/contact.html

Hazel Mamaril said...

Hi Suzzane!

It's been a while, I hope you still remember me.

You sent me a book once, The Light in The Forest.

You told me it's your favourite book, I read it 50 times already ever since I got it, and I told myself I would message you when I reached the 50th mark.

And to my surprise, I found this post. It's very inspiring. I am very inspired.

"They remind us of the sea and the beach.They remind us of feeling good and of what we love."

Suzanne McDermott said...

OMG!!! HAZEL!!!! I am so happy to hear from you. I have thought of you often and figured that you just got all wrapped up in high school everything and (wisely) pulled yourself away from the distractions of online frenzies.

Wow. I can't believe you read The Light int the Forest 50 times. You must have it memorized by now. Conrad Richter would be happy. I'm so glad you've loved it. It's good for you as a writer. I want to tell you about so many other authors now... Did you read this post?


A lot of people liked this one, too: http://www.suzannemcdermott.com/2013/10/to-my-fellow-swimmers.html

Anyway, please stay in touch. Let me know how you're doing, hang in there through the high school phase. It's just one chapter in the journey. Love you lots and think of you fondly. XO

Suzanne McDermott said...

All right, Hazel! You're in college. Time flies. Spirited Away is one of my most favorite films, too. One of only a handful that I own. Glad we're back in touch.