I got this in an e-mail from my friend Rick. I have no idea from where it came – Rick is a writer, but he also passes along interesting notes.
The $20 Age-Experience Advantage:Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been older before.
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, there’s a very valuable lesson here for all of us. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It is still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we’ve made, or the circumstances that came our way. We feel—or others feel–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 simply WHO WE ARE. You are Special. Don’t EVER forget it.
We may never know the lives we touch, the hurting hearts we speak to, or the hope we bring. We must always count our blessings, not our problems. And inspire others to do the same. We all have stories to tell.
That’s our foundation—upon which others will build—the bridge over which others will cross. We built it for them—no matter who we are today.