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As is often the case, I did a quick Google of the definition of the word I’m looking at highlighting for the day’s post — I love Mr. Webster!


  • Webster’s Dictionary on the etymology of worth:  Middle English, from Old English weorthan; akin to Old High German werdan to become, Latin vertere to turn, Lithuanian versti to overturn, Sanskrit vartate he turns.  First Known Use: before 12th century
  • Webster’s Dictionary on the definition of worth:  To the fullest extent of one’s value or ability


For me the concept of “worth” has been a real challenge from time to time.  Sure I do a good job of providing for my family, supporting my friends, and contributing to society.  But I can’t help but on occasion wonder:  What value am I REALLY delivering?  What is my worth to society?  Thank goodness for Mr. Webster as he helped me to put my personal worth in perspective:


If you look at the etymology of the word you see phrases such as “to become”, “to overturn” and “he turns”.  Couple these with the “fullest extent” component of the definition and things become a little more clear in my mind.  You demonstrate your “worth” when you overturn the old you to become the new you that uses your talents to the fullest extent.  Perhaps another way to look at it is that the worth of an individual is defined by how much they have learned, grown, and lived.


With that in mind:

How do you define your worth?

As always, thanks for the time.


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