Letter from the Heart
What’s It Worth?
I love this story, because it reminds me not to compare myself with others, but to value myself by my own standard.
A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a $20 note. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20?”
200 hands went up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the money up into a wad.
He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
All 200 hands were still raised.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the $20 note on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.
He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The money was now crumpled and dirty.
“Now who still wants it?”
All the hands still went up.
“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, your value is what it was before that thing happened to you. Circumstances make you look a bit different on the surface, but you are as valuable as ever. Don’t ever forget it!