Wandering absent-mindedly into my office, my daughter asked me a most curious question. It started out simple enough and then turned into quite the discussion of values and beliefs. She had noticed the posters for a workshop I am hosting on my desk and asked me why I was charging people for the workshop. I answered with something like “because this is my business” and figured the subject was closed. The subject was apparently not closed for her and the next statement she said is unfortunately the most damaging belief around money and its value that I’ve seen in society. With her next comment, “But you’re helping people…you can’t charge them money when you’re helping them!” came the assumption that money can only be accepted for work that is low in value. While that idea might sound strange to you in black and white, take a few moments and you’ll realize the same thing.


Someone coming out of a cave after 50 years and now wanting to make a contribution to society would say, looking at our current structure, being a mother is not worth doing, especially a stay-at-home one, as they receive no monetary value for the work they do. You see the people in our society who give others the biggest value are expected to take the least amount of money and those who give fleeting or nano-value amounts more often are gladly given the most.


We could continue this belief, however untrue and destructive it might be, as a society or we could let that belief go and replace it with another. As it stands now, money is only to compensate you for doing something you don’t like doing. If you do enjoy what you’re doing, the enjoyment is supposed to be your only compensation. Here is the question to ponder for yourselves: Am I asleep to my core values and therefore default to money as having the most value and the only basis for making decisions?


"There is only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the universe of Who You Are." – Conversations with God, p36


I would sure like to change the value placed on those who live their lives in service to others as well as show my daughter she can contribute her own talents without worrying that if she does so, she will go hungry. We joke about stereotypes such as the “starving artist” and yet what would our walls and hearts look like devoid of their creations?


My daughter better understands after our conversation she is free to use what is most important for her to share with her human family and be well paid for doing so. When we serve another, service will come back to us in some form. Maybe our new belief could be ‘I am enjoying contributing to you what is inside me as I also enjoy benefitting as you contribute what is inside you…including the exchange of money.’


To make a comment on this article or to set up a 30 minute discovery session as my gift, contact Mimi at 604-791-1628 or mydesk999@hotmail.com.


For information on the above mentioned workshop, visit: http://bcncc.ca/content/chilliwack-bc-intro-nvc