“Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.” Diana, Princess of Wales
As we face the unhappy reality of disasters and despair, it is useful to have a reminder that the light in each of us can still burn brightly.
Even if you have heard this story before, perhaps it is worth repeating.
The $20.00 Bill
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill? Hands started going up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the dollar bill up, then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still, hands went up in the air.
“What if I do this?” he replied. He dropped it and ground it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands rose.
“My friends, you 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 $20.”
“Too often 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 are made to feel worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or creased, you are still priceless.” ~ Author unknown
I have tried unsuccessfully to track down the “well-known speaker” referenced in this story. If you know who it was, please let me know so that I can make the proper attribution. Thank you.
May your learning be sweet.