This is sort of a funny prompt; I don’t think I’ve really thought about my life quite like this.
I mean, it’s sort of a common concept in business; it’s normal to think about how you might provide value to your employer, or about how your small business might provide value to a customer.
I don’t really have an employer, though; I’m a homeschooling mom, I blog, and I’m a part-time college student.
But if I think about how I provide value every day to the people I come in contact with, I mainly think about the different ways I am able to bless them.
No matter what, everywhere I’ve ever been in my life, there have been opportunities to help, serve, and encourage people.
I can be kind and warm.
I can offer a listening ear.
I can smile.
I can offer practical help (like the way I help my cousin with dishes and laundry)
I can ask people about themselves.
I can say thank you.
I can give compliments (even to random people at the grocery store. “I like your hair!” “Your dress is cute!”)
I can check in on someone who is grieving.
I can be kind to other people’s kids.
I can be responsible (Responsible students bless their professors. Medical professionals feel blessed if you show up on time, bring your papers, and do what they tell you to do. Businesses are blessed if you pay them in a timely way.)
I can give a soft answer when someone’s words get a little spicy.
Basically, in a million different ways, there are opportunities to be a bright spot in someone else’s day.
So, I think that’s how I add value to the world; by approaching my interactions with a, “How could I bless this other person?” attitude.
How do you provide value every day?
P.S. I was thinking about the obvious value that some people provide, by doing things like treating cancer or, you know, making an important vaccine. But most of us will provide value to the world by making much smaller, more mundane contributions. And those mundane contributions might not change the whole world, but they do change things for one person at a time.