A speaker started off his lecture by holding up a £50 note.
In the room teeming with people, he asked. “Who would like this £50?”
Hands started going up.
He said, “I am going to give this £50 to one of you – but first, let me do this.”
He proceeded to crumple the £50 note and then asked: “Now who wants it?”
Still as many hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he continued, “what if I do this?”
He dropped the note onto the floor and started to grind it into the carpet with the heel of his shoe.
He picked the now crumpled and dirty money and asked: “Now, who still wants it?”
Still all the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all demonstrated a very valuable fact. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth £50.
“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 may feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, we will never lose our 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.”