Wednesday, May 16, 2012


I came across this from a friend who saw it circulating on Facebook. I use this with my students to discuss the idea of self-worth. Many of the children I come across in the hospital setting have a very little self-worth and self-esteem. The paradox here is that while many of these kids can't see any value in themselves, they are able to see value in others.
A well-known speaker started off his seminar 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 went 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." Consider passing this on as you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it may bring.


  1. Thanks for sharing this Joe! I love it! Great imagery for people to really understand the concept! Definitely going to use this sometime!

  2. That is such a great example to use with children. Thank you Joe for posting it, I will use it that with my students in NZ

  3. Does ANYONE know the name of this speaker ??? I'm trying to find another example he used, but can't find it !!! PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN...thank you


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