Learning the Value of Ideas
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Tilt.
Iâ€™ve often been thanked for giving away ideas, lots of ideas including ideas that other people have made lots of money with.Â Â And instead of saying, â€œYouâ€™re welcome,â€ Iâ€™ve simply answered that it was no problem because I get lots of ideas and theyâ€™re free. Here I sit with a stellium in Aquarius, Â and Iâ€™m only now realizingÂ the value of my ideas.
The thing about keeping a healing journal for an ex- tended period Â is that you eventually either give it up or you dig deeper and deeper to chase those shadows.Â Â Itâ€™s shovel time. Â Again.
When I Â was Â in Â the Â fifth Â grade, Â I Â accompanied Â my mom to the grocery store where she bought me a pack of 25 pencils for 25 cents.Â They were cool and colorfulâ€” some in hot pink, some in bright blue, all sorts of wonderment. The next day, on the bus ride home, a kid ex- pressed interest in the bright Â blue ones. Â Â I didnâ€™t really want to part with my blue pencils but I was willing to for a nickel each.
By the end of the bus ride, Iâ€™d sold all the pencils for a nickel each, and asked my mom if I could go back to the grocery store. We did. I bought two packs of pencils myself. Â Over the next two days, I sold 50 pencils. I was happy. Â My clamoring customers were thrilled. Â So I asked my mom if we could stop by the grocery store on the way home, and I told her that I was opening my own little business.
And that was the end of that business. Â My parents were uncomfortable with Â my Â entrepreneurial attempts. Probably for Â good reasonâ€”we had enough schemers in my extended family and my Southern Baptist parents were probably worried that Iâ€™d take after one of them, shafting Â customersÂ right and left with Â my Â bright ideas.
Over the years, I gave away tons of ideas to other people and yet never really valued them for myself. Â After all, if ideas came to me so freaking easily and by the gazillions, then Â certainly Â they couldnâ€™t Â be worth anything. Â They came freely to me.
Somehow over the years, largely through my Christian religion, I was taught that if something came that easily to me and didnâ€™t cost me anything, then I was greedy or selfish not to give it away or at least share it. Â So I gave it all away. Â Others got the benefit and I got to feel good about them getting the benefit, and I never saw how much of a benefit these ideas could have been to me.
Times are changing for me. Â I still do plenty of charity work, but itâ€™s no longer all charity work. My ideas are starting to come with a price. This is something new that I must learn if Iâ€™m to make the jump thatâ€™s coming.
Yesterday, while on a trip out of town with my daughters, I heard Shannon explain something rather amazing to Aislinn and it struck me that Â she could make money off this lesson she was teaching.Â Good money. Â She had honed a very unique way of explaining a valuable bit of information that people will be willing to pay for. Â This is a gift I want her to haveâ€”I want her to understand that her talents also lie in her mental pursuits and that she can make some of her future wealth off of her ideas. Â She can give this away as I always have or she can use it like gold to buy her future and her dreams.
Ideas have value, and not just to other people. Â Ideas areâ€”I now Â realizeâ€”a true raw material, a gift from the Gods that can be packaged Â and sold to happy customers. Â This knowledge is part of my transition, to keep me from Â struggling Â so Â hard Â when Â my Â greatest Â natural Â re- source is right there in front of me and pointing out a way to make my dreams happen.