A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200 people, he asked, Who would like this $20 bill?
Hands started going up.
He said, I'm going to give this $20 to one of you, but first let me do this.
He proceeded to crumple up the $20 bill.
He then asked, Who still wants it?
Still the hands went up in the air.
Well, he replied, what if I do this? and he dropped the bill on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, crumpled and dirty.
Now who still wants it?
And the hands still went up in the air.
My friends, he said, we have learned a valuable lesson.
No matter what I do to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.
It was still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by circumstances that come into our way.
We feel as though we are worthless.
But no matter what has happened or 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 value of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but WHO WE ARE.