How will you spend your $1 today?

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

In the age of dollar value menus, dollar stores and 99-cent sodas, we often forget the real value of one dollar.

Too often, we associate it with something cheap; something that, to be quite honest, probably isn't worth a buck.

What if that $1 represented the amount of personal energy you have to spend every day?

Last week, my soul sister shared something she overheard at a Rotary meeting.

It came up as we talked about the various things people spend their energy on, or, as we were discussing — waste their energy on.

"You have $1 worth of energy to use every day. How are you going to use it?"

Ever since that discussion, the quote has been on a steady loop in my mind.

As I drove home later, I surveyed my surroundings, thinking about the things that really are important — at least to me.

Family. Friends. Personal health — physical, spiritual, mental, emotional. Supporting local farms and businesses. Justice. Fighting homelessness. Fighting corruption. Finding cures for AIDS, cancer and the ebola virus. Celebrating life's little miracles. Helping others. Enjoying nature once in awhile. Laughing every day.

It's funny to me how certain things, like havng the best car, or the most money or the best job aren't on that list. It's sad how quickly, to me, that I can lose focus of those things.

Last week, I witnessed great examples of both excellent use of that $1 worth of energy, and poor use of that $1.

And, until that quote popped up, I too made both excellent use and poor use of my $1 of energy.

It's easy to get caught up in what ultimately are trivial things. What's difficult is to stand back and ask will it really matter in an hour? A day? A week? A month? A year?

How many times do we stand in front of that value menu pondering just how we want to spend our buck? Why don't we do the same thing with personal energy?

If you have just $1 of personal energy to expend every day, how are you going to use it?

You should use it wisely. Your personal energy is more valuable than you realize.

Jonna can be reached at editor@hclocal.com