Sometimes you read a story at the right time and it can give life the perspective it needs.  I wanted to share one of my favourites with you today to inspire you to feel your worth no matter how dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt you may feel.

A Hundred Dollar Bill – Author Unknown

‘A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $100 bill.  In the room of 200, he asked,  “who would like this $100 bill?”

Hands started going up.  He said,  “I am going to give this $100 to one of you – but first, let me do this.”

He proceeded to crumple the $100 note up. He then asked,  “who still wants it?” Hands were still up in the air.

“Well,” he replied,  “what if I do this?” 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, you 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 $100. 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 happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to God and to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do, what we have or whom we know, but by who we are.

You are so special to the entire world, there is only one you — don’t ever forget it. Remember, you may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.”

Keep smiling and remind yourself each day that you are important and today is not going to be the day you give up!

How do you remember to keep your chin up? Share with us below!

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  • What a wonderful way to teach – I loved his example.


  • good article. you are worth every cent :)


  • A very ood analogy – but could get expensive for the teacher! :)


  • Money won’t necessarily make you happy.
    Having enough food to eat is helpful, but even that may not bring the happiness and contentment we all strive for.


  • What a wonderful story. We all need to be reminded of that when we are down.


  • I love this. I wish more people would appreciate themselves and their specialness.


  • An interesting article,thanks so much!


  • Wow, what a powerful message! And how he portrays it, how he gets his message across….I’m speechless. A great read


  • I really like this analogy. Thanks for reminding me of my worth.


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