Equations of Value

Ruth CassellI finally found my word. Everything I read or heard about finding an inspirational word for the year—not a resolution or a goal, but a theme, a purpose—proved true.

The word repeatedly solved perceived problems. In and of itself, the word became a way to delineate the options ahead of me. Other words clambered for top spot: intention, power, passion.

No other word became the common denominator for each solution.


Not worth, or merit, or cost, or amount.


The overall benefit of a factor to the whole.

Some choices become exponentially better, by maximizing the experience’s value, and may be considered the only alternative.

Some beliefs measure stronger, by reinforcing value, and may be sought as the obstruction to doubt.

Some factors generate better solutions, by inherently inserting value, and may be considered vital to future equations for more equitable results.

The theme as I approach each future moment is how to elicit the most value from the experience or relationship. Knowing I am not given an infinite supply, I must demand the most valuable denominator.

I view moments as valuable elements. I base decisions and choices on the value of each component. I decipher life’s equations based on which solutions produce the most value.


Through this process, I identify the factors that most greatly benefit my whole.

I value my thoughts, choices and opinions.

I value words, books and time to write.

I value the shallow sleeping breaths of my child. I value quiet days at home. I value each “I love you.”

I value eye contact, whispered expressions of love, and cuddles.

I value female friends, our shared experiences, and words of advice.

I value being a sister and an aunt. I value my mother’s embrace and father’s steadfastness. I value my brothers’ memory and presence.

I value natural sustenance, my vitality, and pushing my limits.

I value hard work, energy and motivation, and a tidy space to live and work.

I value a skyline of peaks against slate. I value a maze of trees. I value faint trickles against stone.

I value silent encouragement, spoken substantiation, and supportive deeds.

I value your thoughts, choices and opinions.

2 Responses to “Equations of Value”
  1. What a wonderful way to dig into yourself and what you value.

    • Thank you so much Debra for stopping by to read the post and leaving a comment. I found your blog and Facebook page through tinybuddha and became an immediate fan. I appreciate the feedback. Hope to hear and learn lots more from each other.


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