Let’s start a conversation about value.
No, not just the price of something, but the holistic way our commerce works.
The basic premise of trade is to exchange a more desired item for an item someone else desires more than what they have.
The majority of transactions are trading items, services and ideas for money. But the commerce can be a much greater conduit of possibilities than just that.
I saw quite starkly the difference between how I trade and how others can see things, as we cleared out all of the outhouses at our family farm.
Coming from generational wealth, means generational stuff – some… less maintained than others.
The items that weren’t riddled with rat filth, damaged beyond recognition or burnable that we didn’t want to keep had the opportunity to go to a new home.
My is it interesting to see what others perceive as value.
And how when you give generously, they turn around and try to educate, and protect you from being “taken advantage of”.
And they mean well, but they don’t see the big picture.
Our target is different; a lighter life.
A life where we’re not constantly worrying about maintaining objects in a 5-Star Rat Resort. Where the stables and feed sheds are clean, and we can create new possibilities with this space.
Where the items we do have, are treasured, displayed with pride and admired. Not where they are shoved in an attic, or in piles of boxes, or worse in a hidden cabinet; too valuable to touch.
When you engage in commerce, you need to know what you desire out of the trade. Is it simply the best money you can get? If so, the rest of this article won’t be very interesting for you.
Perhaps you’re interested in a more long-term investment? Where the people you meet might bring multiple opportunities.
Or to lighten your load, and know that a clean, lighter maintenance way of living will free up your time for more revenue producing activities.
Or to find the next generation of stewards for what you have, and keep the efforts of your ancestors out of the land fill.
These were my aims in commerce for the past week, and it’s yielded surprising but fantastic results. We did not exclude the money, and we were not ignorant about the worth of what we have.
The value of generosity is more important to us, than getting top dollar, and we came out of the commerce far wealthier in… cash, connections, future ventures, space, and ease than before.
So even if you don’t have a cupboard crammed full of no longer desired items, you could start to look at where you are engaged with commerce, and what you are aiming to create with those exchanges.
Is it more than just money?
You might find, you truly do desire more.
And with those requests, the money will follow.