We came across this short story this past weekend, and it really left an impact on us. We remember hearing it before, but for whatever reason it stuck this time. When we hear people make comments such as “I’m not worth it” or “I’m not good enough” it really does upset us. Throughout life, situations come our way and the way we react to each circumstance reveals a lot about our character. There is a familiar quote that says “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” How true is that statement. Every single person deals with issues in his/her life; the details are what make each struggle different. No matter what happens in your life, you determine how you will grow from that experience. Nothing can diminish your value or worth. Use every good time, hard time, sad moment, or joyful memory to build yourself up as a person. We hope this story does for you what is has done for us!       

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 $20 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, 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 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 whom we know, but by...WHO WE ARE. You are special - don't ever forget it."