This is a tough question. How do you measure someone’s value in society? What is one person worth? And who is to determine my worth — my coworkers, my family, my peers, my neighbors, or the greater society of my state, country, world?
I have just finished the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. His impact on society and the world is great. But, I am left with the impression that he was not a very nice man, not even with his loved ones. He was often very difficult to get along with. I can’t say that Steve was a good person, or a likable one. I respect all that he accomplished and I am a lifelong Mac fan, but not a Steve Jobs fan after reading that book.
Do you have to have made millions of dollars? Or have invented something great? Or found a cure for cancer? Do you have to have raised some great kids? Or encouraged your spouse to greatness? Do you have to go to church every week? And have voted in every election?
I know for me, it has taken me a long time to say that I am valuable. I dealt with low self esteem and shyness issues for many years, not to mention the weight of being gay and Catholic. I felt so unworthy. I was a wallflower, someone in the background. Why did God make me the way that he did? I didn’t like me, let alone love me.
Now I know that I am valuable, and that I matter. You know the old saying: “To the world, you’re just one person, but to one person you can mean the world.” This is so true. I try to be the best I can in all areas of my life — my work, my love life, my personal relationships with family and friends, my spiritual life, my exercise practices. I try to set an example by being a good person, treating people with respect and courtesy, giving back to my community and the world.
With all the death and violence in the world (gang violence, teen suicides, shoot-outs in churches, schools and movie theaters, and war anywhere), are people getting the message that we are all connected? That every life matters? This world is a crazy place sometimes.
If you listened to the news, you would definitely be depressed!
I hope that you see the value in your life. And that you treat people with respect and dignity, even if you do not agree with them. We are all valuable in God’s eyes.
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