Centuries ago sitting at a table above the salt line meant you could share in the salt and thought yourself a valuable member of the aristocracy or ruling clan.
As salt became commonly available those sitting above the salt line have accumulated other wealth. Do they feel less valued or revered? And do those now having access to salt believe they are valuable as a result of being able to consume such luxury as well?
Would you feel different if you were to replace the concept of salt by education ? Access to the same opportunities and similar support is not a given, even in our current society.
Once you have equal access to education, jobs, sports etc what then makes you feel valued? Suddenly achievement and overcoming barriers alone are no longer sufficient.
The differentiator in striving for your goals would be relationships you build with people and not things.
Do you listen when your friend, wife or colleague talks to you. Do you hear what they say and what it is they are not saying but thinking when engaging with you. Value is not attributed to salt as it can be a given to you or not be important at all. Value is attached to engaging with empathy even if you can’t solve all challenges that you are faced with. One often hears about the road towards something or the process of engaging being the way to learn from the experience. More often than not value is exchanged only through engaging with others that give you the time, share their experience and genuinely listen. So what is it that stops us from doing so as well and consistently?
Are we too busy with out electronic lives, the next achievement or it’s valuable fruits as this seems easier than talking to each other. Have you seen the table next to you at the restaurant where the parents and children are all on their devices and not engaging with each other? May be you were sitting at that table.