Self Worth- inspiration

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Registered: 10-21-2008
Self Worth- inspiration
Wed, 10-29-2008 - 8:52pm

Im mostly a lurker, but I came across this story tonight, and thought it was appropriate:

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 proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.

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 all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"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 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 feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. You are special - Don't ever forget it!

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Registered: 08-21-2008
Thu, 10-30-2008 - 11:00pm


Thank you very much for the story. I have heard something similar to it before, but I had long forgotten it. I believe that what you posted to be very true. Thank you for posting this, surprisingly enough I was looking for a story like it, and thus have copied it and passed it on to the group.

~ Rain