Friday, September 26, 2014

How much are you worth?


$5, $10, $50 The auctioneer called, Do I have an offer,  going once, going twice, sold for $5 to the bachelor  number 1 in the front row with the top and bottom gold grill. The young, pretty girl with no self-esteem sat shyly smiling as he looked over and winked his eye and his gold teeth sparkled. For less than a McDonald’s value meal she had been bought and sold.     

 Daily young women are bought and sold for the price of a happy meal or movie. Never really understanding their importance. A vicious cycle begin to form at a young age and choices are made that debilitate their ability to think rationally.   

Knowing your value is important but knowing that you are of value is paramount.  We often get caught up in this game of life looking for love and we typically find it in all the wrong places. If you are searching for something diligently you will find it. The only question is to whom will you fall prey?

Knowing your value comes directly from knowing yourself, knowing your qualities, good and bad, standing face to face and toe to toe with yourself and facing the real you, the good, the bad and the ugly. Learning the character of your nature and living in the strength of it and not wallowing in its weakness. Accepting your weakness as they are but daring yourself to improve, daring yourself to beat the odds and overcome every obstacle in your way. 

Daring yourself to be the you, you were destined to be. How many of us are up for the challenge? The problem as I have come to understand it is, coming into the knowledge of who you are and your value requires work. You have to put in the work. You have to do the work. You have to come face to face with the demons of yesterday that stops you from moving forward today. You have to acknowledge and forgive to even make a step towards improvement. You have to ask yourself for forgiveness before you can forgive others. You have to put in the work.    

It has always baffled me that we are willing to work for someone else and draw a paycheck, often still not able to pay our bills but we never value ourselves enough to put in the work to liberate our hearts, minds and souls so that we can truly live a happy and free life, not bound by anyone or anything.

The question remains. How much are you worth and are you willing to put in the work to maintain your value?

When you learn teach someone else. Pass it on. Be a teacher.

I challenge you to #EmbraceyourGreatness! #inspiresomeonetoday

Tonya White Johnson