“I can tell you that the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is”–Jim Carrey
You know… I’ve struggled with this quote lately even though I completely agree with it. We’ve become so wrapped up in a society of trying to gain worth from social media, likes/followers, what we drive, where we work, what we “do”, where our children attend school and what bag/clothes we have on.
To even really think that is…well… ridiculous.
In my my case I was losing focus, I started focusing on how much income I was or wasn’t bringing home. I was dismissing the fact I have an enormous amount of freedom, live a good-great life, my availability to my daughters- which has always been of most importance. However, as they’ve grown older, I figured I should be doing better. I was dismissing the fact that I’m told often how much people love seeing me, visiting with me, the girls wrapping their arms around me with deep security and love, the work I do around the house and even outside, the thanks I get from teachers for being there, for giving others my time. Now… not everyone has those opportunities and I’m very aware and aware I’m fortunate.
I feel like people have forgotten that success isn’t all about your work. It’s about being and looking within yourself to constantly grow, becoming a better individual, friend, family member, spouse, parents (bc for goodness sakes if you have children lead them and develop them into incredible little adults). Success is letting your knees hit the floor during prayer, having gratitude, letting go of the past, overcoming life or childhood, looking people in the eye, having manners, taking time to realize who you are or what would make you better across the board. Success isn’t how well you did your hair, how many likes you get, how often you’re on your phone, the games or videos – that’s all dandy but build a life worth living. Things fade, cherished moments pass….
Let’s have success y’all- let’s have value/currency in those we come across. With ourselves! The way we speak to ourselves, the thoughts towards ourselves. Let’s have success by being different rather than doing what everyone does to get the “like”. I just think when it’s all said and done and wherever we go when we pass from here… the overall evaluation isn’t going to be based on likes, clothing, material things, or if we did what was popular or where our kids went to school…. it’s just not.
Be successful, be kind, try to remember or attempt to remember who you are and what exactly your true value is.