I was washing up yesterday morning when I noticed the label on this mug.
As an avid mug collector I’m always on the look out for pretty mugs at reasonable prices.
Sometime last year I saw these mugs in a shop, they had been reduced to clear and I quickly grabbed two. I took them home and because I had no immediate space I packed them away.
Recently my kids brought one of them out and we have been using them for a variety of drinkables.
More than a year after purchase, I notice that the shop label is still on it.
Reduced to 150
Not good enough to be sold at premium price
Been on the shelf too long
Bla bla bla!
My heart broke for my mug. I quickly yanked off the label and washed it clean. It was a little reluctant to let go of the label…”reduced!” It seemed to be saying to me:
“I’m unworthy, just leave me be..”
For far too many of us, the label that life and circumstances hung on us aeons ago is still around our necks.
Someone called you names in High school and thirty years and three degrees later, that label is still hanging on your neck.
A husband walked out on you and hung the label of “difficult woman” on you and ten years later you walk around with your head bowed in shame and low self-esteem!
Just like my mug -reduced to clear..
What you need to understand is this: the inability of the shop to sell the mug at market value does not take away from it’s intrinsic value.
The shop couldn’t handle it but the shopper bought it. It’s value to the shopper is the value of what it is capable of delivering. In this case, a delicious cup of coffee, beverage, juice etc.
Don’t allow a label hang on you past its date. The minute that mug was taken off the shelf in the shop its value changed forever.
Focus on the value you are capable of delivering today and wash off that old misleading label. Reduction may have brought you to where you are but it is recognition of your intrinsic value that will determine where next you’ll go.
My mug is up on the shelf, standing with pride. What about you?