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The Currency of Care
Episode 412th February 2021 • Cocoa Griot- Let "auntie" wisdom and energy keep you uplifted! • Daisy Woods
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Don't Waste Your Time Because Time is Money

I assign monetary values to the conversations I have with people. I am budgeting my time as diligently as I budget my money!


Good evening and welcome to my humble podcast. I am Cocoa Griot. Just a 50 something who likes talking about life, love, and a host of other topics. Thank you for tuning in tonight, and I promise you I won't keep you long but I strive to keep you strong. There's a lot of talk these days about cryptocurrency, and I think it's fascinating. I don't have a true understanding of all that, but there is a type of currency that I do take stock of every day. I have my own currency of care. So my currency of care works like this. Some things are very low in value and I call those things, those dollar deals. They are spent very quickly. If a person is calling me to gossip about somebody else that's a $1 deal. They will get 10 minutes tops of conversation. Normally, I'm just listening in and then I can immediately find something else to do. If a person has called me to talk about problems that they have generated themselves, and they don't really want to find solutions... they just want to wallow in their problem for a little while, that is $1 Deal. Again, their currency and time is about 10 minutes. Whenever a person calls me to put me down and talk negative to me, they aren't even getting the whole dollar that is definitely a 25 cent conversation for about two minutes after they tear into me. it's over. I just refer them to my cousin . Youdun know when you hang up the phone and goes Dun dun dun dun dun dun.


I realized some time ago that if I start thinking about my time like I paid more money, I would be a much happier person. I'm not a money waster and I don't want to be a time waster either. I believe that's a large part of why I'm not really active on social media. Now don't get me wrong, I've done it in the past, but I felt like I was always wasting an inordinate amount of time. There are some great uses of social media, but I was addicted. Once I let social media go, I found time to do more productive things like this podcast. So, the next level of currency I'll talk about is the nifty 50. Now the 50 will get you about 30 minutes of conversation with a few exceptions. So, when someone wants to talk to me about an issue in their life that they really are trying to solve, and they're seeing actual resolution to their problems, I'll give that person about 30 minutes of my time. I do care. Another example I provide is if someone wants to talk about and celebrate anything that happened


PLEASE FAST FORWARD. in life. Sometimes freinds will call and share news about their child's accomplishments. I am so eager to listen because I love to hear positive people talking about positive things. It's important to me to interject booster shots of positivity in my life as often as possible. The last currency amount of time I want to discuss is the 100 spot. These are the conversations that can last an hour when things start to go beyond an hour, I really become anxious. There's always something that I have to do, and if I'm on the phone for more than an hour, it means I'm probably neglecting something else that needs to be done. These hundred spot conversations are usually super important. These are the talks I have with my kids, nieces and nephews, my siblings and my close friends. I know that it's incredibly important during this time to be connected to the people we love the most. I'm going to admit something here that I'm really not proud of. That is I am truly a hermit by nature. I have to carve out time for these 100 spot conversations because of how important the people are to me that I'm talking with. If I did not make myself do this, it would be very easy for me to go days without interacting with the people I love the most.


Just recently, I recall talking to my niece, about the wonderful things that were happening to her in her school life. It was refreshing to listen to a young person, just have their life planned out well and be on the road and the path to achieve so much. She was making positive contributions to reach the future that she sees herself living in. I support so many people's dreams and goals, and I want to encourage them. I truly enjoy engaging conversations like this, and I feel encouraged when I watch other people reach the heights that they have dreamed of for some time. That is exciting. Definitely 100 spot conversations. I hope this evening, I've said something to make you think about how valuable your time is, and what you might be able to do to protect it. As always, I wish you good health, good fortune, And a good night. Coco Griot out.





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