A popular speaker started off a seminar by holding up a
$20 bill. A crowd of 200 had gathered to hear him speak.
He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
200 hands went up.
He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but
first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.
He then asked, “Who still wants it?”
All 200 hands were still raised.
“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped
the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.
He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The bill
was all crumpled and dirty.
“Now who still wants it?”
All the hands still went up.
“My friends, I have just showed you a very important
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, life crumples
us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or
deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless. But no
matter what has happened or what will happen, you will
never lose your value. You are special – Don’t ever