Face Value

“The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.”
~ H.L. Mencken

One of our sons was upset when he built a house and didn’t make a profit selling it.  I was proud of what he had done.  I told him he had created something that would give me and others pleasure every time we drove past it.  The pleasure I derived was from what he created and the quality of his work.  It was not related to how much money he made or lost.  I honor his work because of what he put into it and not the sale price.

Do you build and work only to make money, or do you also value creating something?  Everything has its results, and the long-term results are ultimately not in the dollar sign but in the life sign.

To see your true worth, see the value in what you do or create beyond its material compensation.

– Bernie

2 Responses

  1. Lucy C Papandrea

    Dear Bernie,
    Thank you for this email. I like the term “life sign” rather than “dollar sign.”

    This February 29 Anthony celebrates15 years of sobriety. I will always remember being in the ER with him and calling you for advice. Of course you picked up and instructed me on how to advocate for my son. THANK YOU!

    You make the World a better place!

    Much love,

  2. JoAnne Renee

    i am a 76-year-old retired RN and a 4-year breast cancer survivor. I read Love, Medicine, and Miracles for the first time in the 1980s. Bernie’s wisdom and insight made me a better nurse and a better person. It held me in good stead when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.