Value Added

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.

- Henry Van Dyke

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the term, “value added.” We use it a lot in business — what value is “X” going to offer our customer or client. By doing “Y,” how will it enhance the experience for our users? But do we ever ask ourselves the same question about our own lives, or the lives of the children in our world?

What value would be added to your life if you made a few minutes more a day to unplug and get outside? To walk, decompress, and listen to the sounds of nature — whatever that means where you are.

How about today’s children? We know that American kids are spending 6.5 hours a day in front of electronic screens, according to the Keiser Family Foundation. What value would be added to their lives if that was reduced? If they spent more time outside playing in the real world, and less time sitting in front of a virtual one?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this –  to hear your value added benefits and ideas.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am off to unplug and go ponder all of this. I need a good shady spot under a tree…

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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