Universal wisdom tells us to speak or write about topics we have experienced personally and know directly.
For instance, I like dogs, nature, cooking and community, volunteer activities. I could address any of these topics with ease and writing or speaking about any of them wouldn’t feel like a burden, but as a joyous activity.
On the other hand, if for some mysterious reason, someone asks me (= forces me) to write about singing Opera or anything technological… oh… well, they would most likely conclude I was…not that smart. There must be a politically correct word for it, but I don’t know it.
In this post I am attempting to address the issue of expensive versus inexpensive, life purpose and perception.
A story will be used, to make it easier to relate to, because most likely a majority of us, humans, experienced it or a version of it directly, in our daily life.
Let’s say, someone would like to experience a massage. Oh, who wouldn’t like the soothing power of good touch. Most people would, but if someone experienced bad touch, then they would fear touch, based on their previous experiences.
This story addresses the people who love good touch and therapeutic massage helps them not only relax, but with a specific physical condition.
Let’s say, the prospective client asks the massage therapist (please note the use of the title, massage therapist, NOT” masseuse,” which in my mind has a sexual connotation. No “happy endings,” people!!!)
The professional described in this story is someone who went to school for at least six months to become a massage therapist, who knows anatomy, respects privacy and who passed difficult tests, both written and practical. A person who paid a lot of money and invested her/his soul to help others.
Back to the main stream of our story:
The massage therapist, who is still paying her school loans, responds to the prospective client:
“Sixty dollars an hour.”
“What, sixty dollars an hour!!! Wow, this is how much I spend for food weekly (I guess the prospective client was on a diet.)!!!”
I am intentionally leaving it up to YOU, the reader, to END the story…but will share my PERCEPTION.
If I were the therapist, I’d consider $60.00 a very reasonable fee. In doing so, I’d take into consideration the hundreds of hours I invested in learning the skills to help my clients; I’d consider the high quality equipment, the expensive aromatherapy and the oils/creams I use. Above it all, I’d consider the fact that a part of MY SOUL is invested in each person I help.
Is all of the above worth $60.00? MY PERCEPTION IS, YES, it is.
How about the prospective client’s point of view? She/he, compares the cost of massage to grocery shopping. If we do that, indeed, the massage is expensive. However, isn’t that comparing apples and oranges?
There is no right or wrong answer, but PERCEPTIONS and points of view, depending of our own interests. I used to say: when you give a massage for $60.00 is inexpensive. When you pay for a massage $60.00 it is expensive!
The key to this story and a confession:
Years ago, I was a massage therapist who was schooled by a group of nuns. The Medical Mission Sisters are known internationally for their excellent work and dedication to the poor.
At some point, in the past, I no longer could follow the path of being useful by offering the best of me in that profession, but NEVER gave up that I was here, on Earth for a purpose!
Each of us has a purpose. Sometimes, (let’s face it, most times,) like many others, I do not understand the big picture, but must have FAITH. Hmm …Faith… it will be the topic of a different post.
Always DO ONE’S BEST– this is the motto which continues to guide my life!
With that as a guiding principle, I went to graduate school and earned my Master of Science in Counseling and Clinical Psychology. For most outsiders, it looked crazy, to go back to school at an age when most think “retirement,” but to me it looked like the right thing to do, as I believe in life with a PURPOSE.
At the present time, despite physical limitations, using both rich and diverse life experiences and higher education, I am an online Counselor for a global counseling company https://www.proventherapy.com/Rodica
I hope, in this way, I contribute a small piece to the good cause of de- stigmatizing mental illness and making help available to people who, otherwise, would not afford quality counseling because of the lack of money.
If you read this post to the very end, I hope you found it helpful and have been reassured of your UNIQUE VALUE and PURPOSE on this life path!
Thank you for continuing to follow the waves of this life as we all are experiencing them… but perceive them differently.