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