I was working with a group of teenagers yesterday on the art of positivity and happiness and I started my session by holding up a new, crisp £20 note. In the room of 120 students and teachers, I asked. “Who would like this £20?”
Hands started going up. I said, “I am going to give this £20 to one of you – but first, let me do this…”
I then proceeded to crumple up the £20 note. I asked. “Who still wants it?” Still, the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” I replied, “what if I do this?” I dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with my muddy shoe. I picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?”
Still, the hands went into the air. One lucky lad was selected and he went home with £20 in his pocket!
I turned to the group and said, “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.”
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