While making my spending choices, it surprised me how few of them I was willing to not bid on. There weren't one or two things I was willing to put the whole $1000 on - I spread my money thin, I wanted it all. My only non-bids were owning a possession of great value and a beautiful home in the setting of your choice ... both of which deal with material goods.
The rest were all bid on in denominations of $25, $50, and $100 - the two I decided to spend the most on were a long and healthy life and a life with meaning, purpose, fulfillment. Interestingly enough, though, I didn't win either of those two. The values I did win, however, are still related and in line with my current and long-term life goals. My values:
- A meaningful love relationship
- Continuing to learn and gain knowledge
- A physical appearance which I can be proud of
- Freedom to live your life as you want
- An enjoyable, leisurely life
- Unlimited travel, fine foods, entertainment, recreational and cultural opportunities
- A chance to develop creativity or potential in any area
These are all aspects of living a healthy, satisfying, and meaningful life, and sitting down quietly for a few minutes every day to think about them and how what I do/do not do gets me closer to/further from my goals is incredibly helpful with exercising my emotional weight.
What about you? What values would you be willing to spend your money on in an auction? Health? Appearance? Religion? Education? Possessions?