Monday, February 06, 2006

The $20 Bill



Yes, I could've used an American $20 bill for an image, because most of my readers are American, but then, how would it look to my fellow Canadians? As it is, I already use American spelling for my blog posts and offline correspondence with many of you.

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A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20.00 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 up the $20 dollar bill.

He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well, " he replied, "what if I do this?"And 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, we 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 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 DO 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."

8 comments:

Tzipster91 said...

They actually did this to us at camp...but with only one dollar(American);)

cruisin-mom said...

That's a great "visual" lesson, Pearl...should be used in schools.

Mirty said...

Thanks! I feel kind of "crumpled" today.

tuesdaywishes said...

I wish you had shown the other side of the bill. The picture of Queen Elizabeth on the "new" Canadian $20 is definitely that of a woman who had been dropped and crumpled and disappointed by her kids (she looks like she's about ready to spank one of them.) If you ever think money will make you happy, pull out a Canadian $20 and look at the Queen.

Rebecca said...

what a nice story. That made my annoyance of a day just a bit better!

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

a great moshal, thanks (heard it before, always good to remember).

Mia said...

What a nice lesson. I never heard it but will sure remember it!

Just Passing Through said...

tzipster: $1 US, $20 CDN....same thing, no?

Pearl, is that really the current 20?! Wow. It really HAS been a while since I visited!