As Highlander-esk the title of this Blog may sound, I assure you it is not. Becoming a Value-seeker is as simple as taking off the glasses you currently view the world through, and putting on a new pair; a paradigm shift in short.
This paradigm settled upon me a couple months ago when trying to make sense of some stressful things in my life. I have tried quite hard in recent years to see the best in everything that happens to me. “A failure is a chance to learn a lesson,” is something I would tell myself often. However, after a string of failures, I came to a greater realization: “Those who seek value in all things, are always most wealthy.”
So imagine that the life you live now has taken on the form of an RPG, Role-Playing Game, video game. As with the point of most video games, the goal is to advance through levels and set high scores. Well, as you advance through the various levels in your life (completion of a class, graduation from school, promotion in career, etc.), you are also scoring “points.” For example, if you have recently completed a course in Computer Engineering, your grade in that class would be your score. Or if you have recently been promoted to a higher position in your career, your pay increase would be your score. Make sense?
Throughout your life, your scores begin to add up. By age 41, someone may reach a score of say… 20,000 points (the actual value is not important for understanding). However, it is quite possible for a person at the age of 22 to reach the same 20,000 points if they had been more actively seeking them than the 41 year old. In the same respect, a person of age 85 is likely to have surpassed that 20,000 point mark long ago, and therefore can offer great insight to those still at that point total. These points equate to life experience. And in my eyes, life experience equates to something I’ll call universal wealth.
What I’m getting at here is this: as we go through life, we are faced with an array of situations that require us to make a decision. The extent to which we learn from the results of each of those decisions, is the universal wealth we possess. Therefore, the most universally wealthy people in the world are those who choose to learn as much as they can from every decision, from every person, and from every situation they come into contact with in their life.
Mahatma Gandhi’s hunger strike in the 1930’s was not just a method of sending a message to the world. For Gandhi, it was a life experience that would give him immense universal wealth. From that point on, he knew that his body’s cries for hunger were far less important than that of his people. He knew that the concept of his own death was miniscule in comparison to the concept of one race abusing another. For these reasons, he will always be regarded as one of the wealthiest beings in human history. No one remembers him for how much money he had, or for the amount of followers he had. Instead, he is remembered for the drastic and absolutely necessary changes he made to the societal continuum; something limitlessly more valuable than any paper currency.
THE TAKE AWAY: Anyone who spends their life searching for the value in everything they do will increase their understanding of the world much more rapidly than those around them. And, as I have said before, the first step toward solving any problem, is understanding it. So before you tear off your glasses, and put on the new pair, take the time to make sure the prescription is right, for the rest of your life will be seen through them.