A Twenty Dollar Bill

A Twenty Dollar Bill

I'm not quite sure who wrote this, probable some motivational speaker, but it speaks volumes as to how we feel about ourselves and what our percieved value is.

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 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."


14 Replies

  • The picture is one of my newest. It's called "Love's Bounty" Acrylic on canvas

    size 24" X 48"

  • Thank you, this is a thought I need to remember and share. I also like your painting.

  • Thanks for sharing this, love the painting.

    Bambi xx

  • hi

    lovely sentiments!

    (burt i shed a tear)

    i agree

    :-)love jill

  • and a :-)

  • Thanks JupiterJane. When I'm feeling low, I'm going to remember this. Not been a good week for me....thanks for posting. Also, love your painting. You are so creative and talented. I don't have a creative bone in my body when it comes to that sort of thing. :) I'm a quilter though....haven't done much of it lately. I'm trying to motivate myself to pick it back up.

  • Thank you

  • Thanks JJ, all true.

    Even so, $20 doesn't go as far as it used to.

  • Thankyou for posting this....Its so true.....love the painting too ;-) xx

  • Wow. To turn the laptop on and see your painting, lovely as usual, and to read something so simple, but so meaningful, has made my day.



  • So perfect, thank you for sharing !!! and..............I love your painting !!!!

  • great sentiment. Thanks for sharing.

  • I loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you for the lovely reminder!

    Steve (Bisbee, AZ)

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