a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged
relative worth, utility, or importance
a numerical quantity that is assigned or is determined by calculation or measurement
the relative duration of a musical note
relative lightness or darkness of a color : Luminosity
Value (n.): c. 1300, “price equal to the intrinsic worth a thing;” late 14th century, “degree to which something is useful or estimable,” from Old French value “worth, price, moral worth; standing, reputation,” noun use of feminine past participle of valoir “be worth,” from Latin valere “be strong, be well; be of value, be worth” (related to: valiant). The meaning “social principle” is attested from 1918, supposedly borrowed from the language of painting. Value judgment (1889) is a loan-translation of German Werturteil.
“We're all human, aren't we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
J.K. Rowling (b. Joanne “Jo” Rowling, pen names J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, a British novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known as the author of the Harry Potter series)
“If you truly believe in the value of life, you care about all of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society.”
Joni Eareckson Tada (b. 1949, author, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, an international advocate for people with disabilities)
“There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.
Sharron Angle (b. 1949, politician who served as a Republic member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999-2007)
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955, the most influential theoretical physicist of the 20th century, who developed the general theory of relativity, among other things; also the recipient of The Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921)
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
Warren Buffett (b. 1930, known as the “Oracle of Omaha,” investment guru, and one of the richest and most respected businessmen in the world)
“I learned the value of hard work by working hard.”
Margaret Mead (1901-1978, cultural anthropologist, who received great fame from the her force of her personality and her outspokenness and to the quality of her scientific work)
“There’s nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”
Willie Stargell (1940-2001, Wilver Dornell “Willie” Stargell, professional baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988)
“There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.”
Lord Byron (1788-1824, George Gordon, the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantic poets and a leader of the era’s poetic revolution)
“There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.” – Lord Byron
It wasn’t too too long ago when I could not answer what I valued, what I liked, or what was sacred to me. I couldn’t answer these questions, because I lost my connection to self and to Creation. I inadvertently disconnected and unconsciously surrounded myself with people who did not have strong connections to Love.
With a lot of hard work and spiritual discipline I was able to come back in relationship with Creation and with myself, by loving unconditionally. Now I have important nurturing relationships that I value dearly, those who are authentic and who compassionately call me out when necessary.
What do you value the most? What brings you joy? And what do you hold sacred?
Sojourners, please ponder these important life questions for yourself, and see what jewels you will uncover.
Miraculously and Lovingly Yours, Tonya