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Food For Thought: The Value Of Life—How Much Are You Worth?

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"The major value in life is not what you get. The principal value in life is what you become." — Jim Rohn.

As adolescents, the world tells us our worth and teaches us what we should value through the people we grew up around, the media, and culture.

But when you have so many voices in your ears uttering stronger than your thoughts, your own beliefs and priorities can receive a second place to the values of others.

As we grow into our teenage years, we're instructed on which courses to take in high school to graduate at the top of our class and get accepted to the best colleges. A diploma and a high-paying career are praised to the moon and back.

But what happens to the people who want to take a break after high school to explore the world and decide how to spend their lives? They are lost or uneducated—are they?

Unfortunately, the lost and uneducated lose value in the societal eye. 

But what if that's not the case? Is it possible that the people who took the time to find themselves are the ones who know their worth? They know a job or a degree does not define them. They can see the value of life experiences and feel comfortable in their skin.

The title you wear, your possessions, and the amount of money in your account do not have any value until you define them. And once you do, others will too.

Many have followed the same path. They know your hardships and have emerged to the other end, knowing their worth.

"Don't give up the journey to finding your worth, for it is a lifelong adventure with endless rewards."

The next time you question your worth, remember that the people who love you will do it unconditionally, and those who don't see your value may never—despite how hard you try to show it to them.

It's all about the situations you choose. In the end, you have the power to decide your worth, and it's your responsibility to find the value of your life and how others will value you. 

So, ask yourself these questions: "What is the value of your life? How can others value you?" The answer lies within you. 

 "Self-worth comes from one thing—thinking that you are worthy."—Wayne Dyer.

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I have wandered from a vibrant corner of the world, Thailand, to the bustling city of Boston. And again, to the tranquil beauty of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. 

I have found my place!

After a fulfilling career spanning 16 years in the corporate world and 22 years in real estate, I have entered a new chapter of life---retirement. As a proud grandmother, I cherish every moment with my precious family. In the remaining hours, I am ready to pursue my lifelong passion for writing!

I invite you to follow my new journey via my heart and soul into a book brimming with uplifting tales, ready to inspire anyone who seeks a glimpse of true inspiration.

Aura Alex


Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Everyone has worth and it makes me sad when I come upon someone with low self-esteem.  I always want to try and show them how amazing they are!  We all have different gifts and talents, sometimes it just takes a person a little longer to discover what they are, haha.

Jan 05, 2023 06:10 AM
Aura Alex

Brian England - sometimes the person is not ready for help. It's like showing a horse a water hole, but you can't make the horse drink it.

Jan 05, 2023 07:38 PM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I think that when you finish high school, you should give back, take a year to visit the national forests, walk in the woods and get to know yourself.  After a year you may find that you don't want to go to college.  I would love to see everyone give a year of service to this country we live in, to learn how good we have it, and appreciate all that we have been given.

Jan 05, 2023 06:18 AM
Caroline Gerardo

Great idea. 

Jan 06, 2023 11:19 AM
Aura Alex

Hi, Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home.

I think it is honorable to serve our great country. I believe there's never too late to "give." Perhaps in some other ways. 

Jan 05, 2023 07:31 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I do not "think" I am worthy. 

I know I am worthy. It was a journey to get to that place of knowing. 

I am worthy! 

What others think is none of my business.  

Jan 05, 2023 01:37 PM
Aura Alex

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist- I applaud your thought! 

Jan 05, 2023 07:35 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are wise words from Jim Rohn, Aura.  And, that's a stunning photo to accompany your post!

Jan 05, 2023 07:57 PM
Aura Alex

Isn't that true what Jim Rohn says? Myrl Jeffcoat. Thank you for the feature on your group. 

Jan 05, 2023 09:15 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Aura, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 05, 2023 07:57 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Don't give up the journey to finding your worth, for it is a lifelong adventure with endless rewards and outcomes.

Thoughts for the day.

Sam Shueh

Jan 06, 2023 07:32 AM
Aura Alex

Hi, Sam Shueh, thank you for your read and comment. Enjoy the weekend.

Jan 06, 2023 08:12 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Life is what we make of it.  I truly believe that we are in control of our destiny..


Jan 06, 2023 08:26 AM
Aura Alex

So true,@ Ginger Harper; I am also a firm believer like you.

It's good to see you in the comment section. Thank you for being here.

Jan 06, 2023 12:38 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Aura Alex  In order to love others you must first love yourself 😉 A very valuable lesson 

Jan 06, 2023 01:26 PM
Aura Alex

Hi, Hannah Williams; no doubt, we must love ourselves first. 

"How you love yourself is how you teach others to love  you." - Rupi Kaur.

Jan 07, 2023 12:47 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Words of wisdom!  My daughter, who didn't finish college, struggles with self worth.  And yet--she is very hard worker, capable of various careers that don't require a degree! Sometimes it's a hard lesson for younsters

Jan 06, 2023 01:38 PM
Aura Alex

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, it's an ongoing learning process. Sometimes life takes a detour, or we have to take one step back to take two steps forward. 

Jan 06, 2023 05:59 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Our time here on planet Earth passes very quickly. We are all Body, Soul and Spirit. Only the last two are Eternal ( as the Body eventually fails in 70-85 years). Decisions we do or don’t make while alive here , will have a huge affect on our Eternal Standing.

Jan 07, 2023 03:00 AM
Aura Alex

"We are all Body, Soul and Spirit"

So true, Michael J. Perry; everything is temporary. Thank you for sharing your thought.

Jan 07, 2023 07:58 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

This is so important what you stated: you have the power to decide your worth, and it's your responsibility to find the value of your life and how others will value you. 


Jan 07, 2023 07:08 AM
Aura Alex

faye schubert,

Some people spend all their lives searching for their self-worth; some may never find it, and others live in the fallacy.

Our thoughts and beliefs shape us, and, yes, the power to decide our worth lies within each of us. It is EVERYTHING!

Jan 07, 2023 08:12 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful powerful post! I'm sure there are many reading your post that identify with your thoughts on knowing your true worth.  Loved the video!  

Jan 07, 2023 09:41 AM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, for the compliment. 

The video resonated with me and inspired me to write this post.

Jan 07, 2023 12:51 PM
Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Aura, after watching the video, I've decided to change professions.   I'm going to take up a stone collection.   Best business video ever!  

Jan 07, 2023 01:51 PM
Aura Alex

Brian L. Sirota, Esq. 

Haha..you got the right idea of becoming a stone collection.

Do you need a business partner? I know about precious stones in Northern Thailand, ruby, emerald, and gold. No negotiation skills are needed; offer unbeatable values and raise two fingers! We can make a killing of this stone business! 😁

I hope all is well with you.

Jan 07, 2023 06:12 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

Beautiful post! 

Jan 07, 2023 05:42 PM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Chrissi Chapman Topoleski. It's a pleasure to meet you.

Jan 07, 2023 06:12 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Aura,
Jim Rohn was one of my favorite inspirational speakers. I loved the video. It is sad to see people go through life with the feeling of low self-worth. Sadly, it's usually a result of their upbringing and the negative messages they've been fed. Unfortunately, many (if not most) people don't grasp the reality that they can change their own thought processes.

We are all a work in progress.

Jan 08, 2023 06:30 AM
Aura Alex

Carol Williams -- Jim Rohn was my favorite too. While it's easy for some of us to detach negativity, for many, it may temporarily be impossible because of their environment and the company they choose. 

I got your email and responded. 

Jan 08, 2023 10:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

It took me many moons to realize that I was worthy, Aura! I'm one that is all about making the other person feel that THEY are worthy. I don't believe it's about a college degree either...and I feel that our ability to determine our worth and RECOGNIZING that worth is so liberating. 

A sad but, true story happened to me today - My husband and I were headed out to our son & daughter-in-law's home to celebrate our grandson's 1st birthday with about 30 other people. I recieved a call from one of my best friend's husband who asked me to convey to our group of 10 (5 couples) that his wife had lost her Mom this morning.


Of course, I was reduced to tears but, his latter words gave me the strength to phone every couple with resolution and bravery - "You are the glue that holds our group together - I just don't have the strength to call them all but, I know you have 'boundless strength.' 

I hung up the phone, in tears again - how on earth do I measure up to either of his assessments of me? One thing is for sure, I was NOT going to let him down and I was 100% going to 'measure-up' to everything they expected of me!! 

Jan 08, 2023 11:01 PM
Aura Alex

Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I am so sorry for your friend's loss. I got a big lump in my throat reading your comment. I'll be back later, but I want to hug you for now!

Jan 09, 2023 08:25 AM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Great post!  I completely agree with the video.  Put yourself with good people and good situations, and good things will happen. 

Jan 09, 2023 06:25 AM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Scott Schulte, you're right about being surrounded by good people. And good things will happen. I don't need to look too far back, there are many in the AR community I can say exactly what you said.

Jan 09, 2023 06:27 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I have a friend that I would have voted, "the least likely to do well after college."  He took some time off and traveled across Asia.  He told stories about being the only American in whole cites and other incredible adventures.  He came back to the States and took a job with a developer.  30 years later, he is probably my most successful friend.  He invests money (much from Asia) in hotels, elder care buildings and other real estate.  His education really came after college.  He is also the most down to earth, great guy that you would ever meet. 

Jan 09, 2023 06:43 AM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Ray Henson. 😃

Jan 10, 2023 09:39 AM
Ray Henson

Congratulations, you raised an intelligent and thoughtful daughter, Aura Alex.

Jan 10, 2023 07:00 AM
Aura Alex

Ray Henson - great story about your friend. No surprises. Thank you for sharing.

My daughter decided to spend a year at the City Year after high school graduation, where she wanted to help other kids. As a mom, I was devastated worrying about her losing good friends who would go to college. In the end, she received a scholarship after one year of work at the City Year and started college. I couldn't be more proud of her. 

Jan 09, 2023 06:58 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Aura, for sharing your observations and your advice.

Jan 09, 2023 07:50 AM
Aura Alex

Thank you, Roy Kelley. As always, I appreciate YOU!


Jan 09, 2023 07:03 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

We are all on a journey ... and our paths are different for each of us.  Keep your eyes on the goal!

Jan 11, 2023 03:44 PM
Aura Alex

Yes, indeed, Diana Dahlberg - keep your eyes on the goal!!

Jan 11, 2023 09:08 PM