Usually chain emails or viral post on Facebook really make me angry – honestly I do need to know about your political views on a bill in Congress I did not know existed or look at another silhouette of some skinny girl on an exotic beach sipping a cocktail. And then there are those “can I have 100,000 likes because I beat cancer?” – well, of course I will click like but usually then just skip right over it. I have no idea what made me stop and read this whole story last week but it really moved me.
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 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 proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. 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 picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“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 was still worth $20. 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 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 DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE.
You are special-Don’t EVER forget it.” If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it may bring. Count your blessings, not your problems.
I know this is a viral post and/or chain email and I do not care. It is such a valid point. To which ever of my “real life” friends who shared this, thank you. Sometimes a reminder that you are worth it is really all you need!