A well known speaker started his seminar by holding up a brand new twenty dollar bill. In the room filled with people he asked if anyone would like to have his $20 bill. Hands in the rooms started going up. He crumpled and crumbled the bill and asked the crowd if anyone was still interested to have the bill. The hands were still up signing that people still wanted the crumpled $20 bill.
He then dropped the bill on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked up, now crumpled and dirty $20 bill. “ Does anyone still wants the bill?” he asked. Still the hands went into the air.
The speaker said, “ Today we have all learned a valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the bill, you still wanted it because it did not lose its value.”
“Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.”
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, we are priceless. The worth of our lives comes from not in what we do or who we know, but by who we are.
Source: All Time Short Stories.