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The Worth of Our Lives
A well-known speaker started 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 proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.
Then he asked, "Who still wants it?" Again hands went up. “Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” and he dropped the twenty on the floor and started to grind it with his shoe. He picked up the now crumpled and dirty bill and asked, "How ‘bout now? Anybody still want it?" Sure enough hands went up into the air.
"My friends, you have all learned a valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, it did not decrease its value. It was 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 happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely crushed, you are still priceless to those who love you. Your worth in their eyes will never diminish, and comes not from what you do or whom you know, but by WHO YOU ARE.
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Don't ever forget: You are special.
Count your blessings, not your problems.
What a nice sentiment, Danny. I've seen that before in various places. Thanks for the reminder.
One thing I would mention, though.
(big IMHO here...)
What you do does define who you are, as who you are defines what you do.
If you are a person who believes in integrity and honor, you will act with integrity and honor. If not, that will also show in your actions and in your attitude toward your fellow human beings.
You are the only one who can diminish your own value...
I really like this one. The last part reminds me of the man who cried because he had no shoes. Then he saw another man who had no feet.
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