In spite of how we change as we journey through life, our inherent worth remains constant. While the term "self-worth" is often used interchangeably with self-esteem, the two qualities are quite different. Self-esteem is how we feel about ourself at a given moment in time. Our worth, however, is not a product of our intelligence, talent, looks, good works or how much we've accomplished; rather, it is an immeasurable and unchanging manifestation of our eternal and infinite oneness with the universe. It is the cornerstone and foundation of our self-belief. Our worth cannot be taken from us or damaged by life's rigours, yet it can easily be forgotten or even ignored. By regularly acknowledging our self-worth, we can ensure we never forget what an important, beloved, and special part of the universe we are.
We are all born worthy—our worth is intertwined with our very being. Our concept of our self-worth is reinforced by our actions. Each time we endeavour to appreciate ourselves, treat ourselves kindly, define our personal boundaries, be proactive in seeing our needs are met, and broaden our horizons, we express our recognition of our innate value. During those periods when we've lost sight of our worth is when we will likely feel depressed, insecure, and lack confidence. It is then we pursue a counterfeit worth based on judgment rather than the beauty that resides within us. When we feel worthy, we accept ourselves without hesitation. It is our worth as an individual that is interconnected with all living beings that allows us to be happy, confident, and motivated. Because our conception of our worth is not based on the fulfillment of expectations, we see our mistakes and failures as just another part of life's journey.
Our worth comes from our role as distinct individuals as well as our role as an integral part of something larger than ourselves. By awakening to this concept, we can rediscover the copious and awe-inspiring worth within each and every one of us.