That stressful time of year where you're looking for documentation of your year's earnings, every charitable donation you made, how much you paid on your mortgage last year, all of it. It can sometimes feel like you have to account for every last penny you spent, down to that Snickers bar you bought when out grocery shopping that no one knows about.
Looking at those numbers can be hard. You get to see just how much you made in the year, and numbers can be brutal sometimes. Every survey we take always asks "What is your family's annual income?", and picking the one that applies can feel like slapping another label on us. We may even wonder what it must feel like to get to pick another box.
Every year when Forbes puts out their lists of the of influential billionaires, and we have to read the list online because we don't want to spend the money on the magazine, it's obvious that their net-worth is more than ours. In pure brutal numbers, yes, that's true. But that is all that it is. Numbers.
Have some good news for all of us. Our true worth in this world isn't found on our tax form.
I'll even start with one that you can find there. Did you give to charity this past year? Did you bring a canned good to an event? Thanks to you, someone didn't have to go to bed hungry. You did that. That is your true worth.
When you walk into a room and hug someone who is crying, that comfort is your true worth. To the person hurting, it is exactly what they needed right there in that moment, and they may not know what they would have done without it.
You can't put a price tag on that.
Have you ever just let an upset friend vent when they needed to unload? You are an immensely valuable member of that friendship, and probably saved them from truly hurting someone they didn't want to. The ability to remove some anger from this world is priceless. PRICELESS.
I consider myself a full-time parent first and a writer second. I've written before that I hate the term "stay at home mom" because I am so busy that I don't stay anywhere long, especially home. The volunteer work I do at places like my church and my kids' school doesn't come with a paycheck. There is no number to it. However, the way a little girl in my son's class lit up like a Christmas tree when she finally got to check out a book from the library that she had been waiting weeks for is all the payment I need. I humbly feel that gives me value, and am blessed that I am able to do that.
Your worth is love. Your worth is compassion. You are worth more than you ever thought possible, and that is something that can't be written down in numbers. Numbers are wonderful, but they usually don't tell the entire story.
File your taxes, but don't let it get you down. You are bigger than your tax form.
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