One thing we tend to do in society is assign value to everything. A house is worth this amount, a car is worth that amount, etc. When we are talking about a material object I guess it’s fine to assess a dollar value so that in the real world we can attach a monetary price tag to it, but it becomes dangerous when we start attaching the same concept to human beings and relationships. The jobs we perform, the relationships we build, and the goals we set have very profound value to us….but isn’t it strange that somewhere along the way the value concept is also assigned to those ideals we hold true to our hearts. Today a persons yearly salary has become more important than who a person is. Each one of us receive a different paycheck each week…but should the amount of that paycheck determine our contributions to humanity? To some people we know, it does.
A schoolteacher’s starting salary in New York City is around 30,000 dollars…a stockbroker within the same city could walk away at the end of the year with commissions and bonuses easily around 100,000 dollars. Both jobs are important…and contribute vastly to our society..but is one better than the other? I believe not…they are different, but one is not better. Society on the other hand has somehow looked upon life as a kind of ladder…each person being assigned a different step…some at the top, some in the middle, and lo and behold, some on the ground floor…..without the possibility of even getting a foot on the first rung. Maybe I’m a dreamer, but there’s something terribly wrong with this picture.
It takes all kinds of people to make a world…each one contributing in their own way. Whatever it is that you do to contribute in a positive way to yourself, family and the world has meaning and value. Embrace it. You don’t have to play the game. At the end of our lives, I don’t believe God says “Congratulations, you made 10 million dollars! Have a seat to my right…but You, what happened? Only 200,000 dollars? Have a seat in the back!” Almost sounds like a Twilight Zone episode, doesn’t it? Ultimately, we are judged by the amount of Love we gave, and the amount of Love we let in…the true definition of Fair Value.
Take the time to love,
Jennifer AvalonÂ© 1998 Jennifer Avalon