Dirty or Clean, Crumpled or Finely Creased

I’ve been trying to consolidate my blog postings from various sites into one, sorting through what is of value, getting rid of other material.  This is an inspirational story that was passed down by an instructor from one of my Entrepreneurial courses.

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. He asked, “Who would like this?” Hands went up all over the room. He said, “I’m going to give this to one of you, but first let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple up the bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” The same hands went up. He replied, “What if I do this?” and then dropped the $20 bill on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty, and said, “Now, who still wants this?” Again, all hands went up.

“My friends, you all have 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 might 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 finely creased. You are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do, or whom we know, but by who we are. You are special and don’t ever forget it.”

“No one can make you feel small without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


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