The speaker came out and held up a nice new looking $50 note to the audience and asked them what it was? The audience replied “$50”.
“What’s it worth?” he asked.
“$50” they called back.
He then asked them “What can you do with it?”
“Lots of things” was the response. “You can buy things with it, you can do good things with it, or you can throw it away and waste it”.
“Who wants it?” he asked.
Every hand shot up in the room... of course we all wanted $50.
He then screwed up the $50 note into a little ball so that it didn’t look so nice and new, and then asked the audience the same questions. Not surprisingly, the same responses came back.
He added – “So even though it is not as nice and new and shiny, you still believe it has the same value, you can do the same things with it, and you all still want it??”
The collective reply was “Of course”.
He then screwed the $50 note up even tighter, threw it on the ground and jumped on it with his dirty shoes (not once, but twice for good measure) and then picked it up and asked the same series of questions and again, the same replies were received.
He asked, seemingly incredulous – “So even though it is not nice and shiny and new, it has been trodden on with my dirty germ riddled shoes and is now scrunched and a bit more worn out, you still think it has the same value, you can do the same things with it, and you still want it???”
The reply was again “YES”.
He then made a very powerful analogy.
“This $50 is your life…. No matter what you do with it, no matter what happens to you, someone will always value it, you can do the same things with it – good or bad”.
Just like the $50 note, your life can be screwed up and stomped on but at the end of the day it is worth the same amount, it is worth valuing and it is up to you what you do with it.
I am sure we all know of many examples of people who have done great things, despite the rough hands that they have been dealt in life. Nelson Mandela is a perfect example. He was wrongfully beaten down and locked up for 25 years or more in a prison, yet when he was let out of jail became one of the most respected people on the planet. He has done many many great things, and continues to do great things to this day. Others can have everything on a platter and have the world at their feet, only to waste it through crime, drugs, or from being just horrible human beings.
He ended it by asking once more “Who wants this $50 note?”
The audience all replied once more “I do!”
“You can’t have it” he said. “It’s mine and I know what I want to do with it”.
Have a great week guys...