“To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.”— The Bhagavad Gita
If we rely on our things and material possessions to help us feel worthy, we’ll be hugely disappointed. You don’t have to acquire something or go through a contest or ritual to prove you are worthy. You already are! Whether you believe it or not, you’re already worth a million, if not a billion dollars.
Make this day, this moment all about realizing your self-worth. You are far more precious than you think you are. And here’s the thing: External objects don’t make you worthy, in fact, it’s the other way around. You make external objects worthy when you use them. Maybe you drive a BMW or a Tesla. Maybe you live in a mansion on a beautiful Californian beach. Maybe you have invested millions of dollars in the top tech companies out there. All these things are awesome, but never think that they are wholly responsible for your status. Sure, they add to your net worth, but they add nothing–zero, zilch, nada–to your self-worth. You give status and worth to these things when you use and associate with them. They’re deemed as “assets” not because of their inherent value, but because of you, because of the fact that you own them.
The one and only way to increase your worth is to be a good human being and serve others. That’s it. When you keep growing and becoming better, when you understand and fulfill the needs of others, when you make your highest contribution to the world every single day, slowly and gradually, you increase your worth as well. As Eknath Easwaran writes, “What really gives value to anything is its usefulness in serving others. Our body draws its value from its usefulness in serving others, and our life draws its value, not from the money we make, or the prizes we win, or the power we wield over others, but from the service we give every day to add a little bit more to the happiness of our family and our community.”
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