A $20 Bill
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
He asked his audience, “Who would like this $ 20 bill?” Hands started going up! He said, “I am going to give this to one of you, but first, let me do this.” The speaker then proceeded to crumple the bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” The hands went up in the air! He then replied, “What if I do this?” He dropped the bill to the floor and started grinding it with his shoes. Now the bill was crumpled and dirty. “Who still wants it?” he asked. Hands went up in the air.
Smoothing out the bill, the speaker said, “My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson just now. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because it did not decrease in value. It is 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 that we are worthless, but no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or creased, you are still priceless to those who love you.”