The $20 Bill

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A well known lecturer 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 dollar note 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 who we know, but by …WHO WE ARE.

You are special – don’t ever forget it.”

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This story illustrates the greatest gift we can give someone and ourselves.

Just to let us be who we are.

It’s such a relief to be accepted as you are with all your faults, problems, pains and little crazy ideas about things. We are always valuable.

Think about it for moment, what a relief it is to be who you are without striving, just accepting. Doesn’t that take a huge weight off your shoulders and lets you breath easier?

We never lose our value.  You ARE good enough just the way you are.  You ARE your best self.  You ARE valuable!

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