A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a twenty-dollar bill. In a room of, two hundred, he asked, “who would like this twenty dollar bill”?
Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this twenty dollar bill to one of you but first, let me do this”. He proceeded to crumple the bill up. He then asked, “who still wants it”? Still the hands were up in the air.
Well, he replied, “what if I do this”? And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He then picked it up, crumpled and dirty. Now “who still wants it”? Still the hands went up.
“My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It is still worth twenty dollars”.
“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 feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value: dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or what we have or who we know but by WHO WE ARE.”.
You are special – Don’t EVER forget it. And remember to count your blessings not your problems.