Growing up I learned how to break. I typed my reports on a typewriter. I used to have to wind up my car windows manually. The Walkman rocked. And Michael Jackson was the man.
How quickly everything changes.
Today everyone is just a push away on our iPhones. We “google” things to find out about them. And some people have thousands of friends all over the world on everyone’s favorite social network.
I, for one, embrace all this new technology but do admit it can get a little overwhelming at times.
Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out they release an update or there’s a new program we need to learn. It is tough just keeping up.
But today’s post isn’t about gizmos and gadgets at all. It’s about self-worth.
And without Facebook, and a good friend, I wouldn’t be able to share it with you today.
So if you have ever let your failures or stumbles get you down, keep reading.
I think the following story puts it better than I can so I’ll end my commentary here.
Are You Worth A $20 Bill?
A speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 bill.
In the room of about 200 people, 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 $20 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?”
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 here today.
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.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who 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 can bring.
Count your blessings, not your problems.
Never be afraid to try something new.
And remember: amateurs built the ark ….professionals built the Titanic.