My husband and I had just been seated for dinner last night when the news of Robin Williams’ death popped up on my phone. I looked up at Tony as he was looking around the restaurant. Simultaneous sadness came across the faces of men and women and families, table after table, as we all heard the news of his passing. I felt robbed, like someone stole something precious and valuable.
And in fact, that’s exactly what happened. Robin Williams’ life was a gift and the gift has been taken from us all.
It’s time that we really, truly understand just how valuable all of our lives are and why we matter. I don’t believe that we have the right to take our lives because our lives are a gift to this world. And without the gift of you and me, we all lose.
Please, from this day forward, act like your life is valuable. How do you do that? Here’s how.
KNOW WHERE YOUR VALUE COMES FROM
Ascribe your value to the fact that you didn’t create you. You are not your own idea. You, and I are God’s creation and God’s brilliant idea. How do I know? He said so.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you . . .”—Jeremiah 1:5
When you and I know—really know deep down—that we are priceless, that’s a game-changer. Priceless items are cherished. Priceless items are revered. Priceless items are held in the highest esteem and are sought after. Robin Williams was priceless—his work is his testimony of the value he brought to the world. And the same holds true for you. Draw strength from your value as a creation—a masterpiece—of God.
DRAW STRENGTH FROM THE LOVE AROUND YOU
Never take for granted being loved and loving. It’s time out for being in relationships that we don’t draw strength from. It broke my heart to read how much Robin Williams was loved and to see that being loved wasn’t enough to keep him here. In acting like our lives are valuable, it’s imperative that we draw strength from the love of our family—our husbands, and wives, our children and significant others. We should be intentional about using their love to fuel us and compel us forward. I love this quote:
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”—Margott
Become courageous from this day forward by deeply loving those whom God has placed in your life. And allow their love for you to fuel you forward knowing just how valuable you are.
ENGAGE IN EXTREME SELF-CARE
Apparently we aren’t very good at caring for ourselves. I say this because of the large amount of stress, anxiety, depression and negativity that rules the headlines of our lives. “I’m not good enough.” “I don’t matter.” “My life is so hard.” On and on we let these destructive thoughts tear us down inwardly, eventually taking their toll.
I say no more. Learn just how valuable you are and act like it by first loving yourself!
Love yourself by engaging in what I call extreme self-care. Start here: get your life done in six days instead of seven. What do I mean? Call one day a week sacred. Call it off-limits. Erect a barrier around 24 hours of your week and just do you. Some call it a Sabbath—I call it a lifeline, a necessity, a method of extreme care that could just save our sanity, and lives. You and I have 168 hours every week. You can afford to give 24 of those hours back to yourself to invest in your mental, spiritual, emotional and relational wellbeing. Try it, please, this week.
Bottom-line, you matter. I matter. We all are a gift to this world. It’s time. Let’s act like our lives are valuable. Starting today.
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