Have you ever thought about the distinction between the term “Value” vs. “Worth?”
When something has value, it is worth something. Or, is it the other way around: when something is worth something, it has value? Hmmm…
As young girls and women, we often struggle with issues of self worth and our value. A couple of months ago, actress Jennifer Lawrence wrote an article voicing her concerns about current wage gaps between male and female actors in Hollywood. Her experiences are shared by many other women – celebrity or not. And, there are many other issues for which women struggle to maintain their self worth/value. At the core of Jennifer’s sentiments is the need to really know oneself – Who am I? Whose am I? Why do I exist? What assets do I possess?
Here are Google’s definitions of these terms (as nouns):
- Value: “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.”
- Worth: “the value equivalent to that of someone or something under consideration; the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.”
I am struck by this definition of worth “the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.” In other words, we need to know the worth of something/one before a value can be placed on that thing/person.
This being the week of the Christmas holiday – a time when we await/remember the birth of Jesus, the Son of God – let’s reflect a little on the significance of Christ’s birth. God decided that the world needed a Savior. He thought that you and I were worth being saved from our sins and the evils of the world. Hence, He allowed Mary (a Virgin) to be conceived by the Holy Spirit and give birth to Jesus (Immanuel; God with Us). Take a moment and reflect on the fact that God thought you and I were worth it. As a result, we have value! And that value is PRICELESS 🙂
Here’s an assignment as we usher in the New Year: watch the video below, reflect on your worth and value (we all have worth and value), and write out and say a daily “I AM _____” statement as instructed by Iyanla for at least one month or 40 days. Also, share your thought(s) in the comment section below on why it’s hard for girls and women to feel worthy and valuable. Why do we doubt (or hesitate about) our self worth/value?
Our hope at SEGEI is that every girl and woman starts recognizing and embracing her self worth and value. As the L’Oreal commercial says, “Because You’re Worth It!”
Stay beautiful! <3