Feelings of worthlessness are common among us humans. But those feelings are not reflections of fact. Regardless of how you feel about yourself, you have worth and are worthy. That’s a fact.
Feelings of worthlessness are the result of beliefs that you hold about yourself, about life, and about love.
This story (from an unknown source) beautifully illustrates the truth about worthiness:
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."
You are even more special than a $20 bill. According to Titlemax.com, giving stats on United States currency (I couldn’t find stats for Canada), there are 8.9 billion $20 bills in circulation. But all of those $20 bills are identical.
You, on the other hand, are unique. You are one in 7.99 billion people alive right now on this planet! No one else is you.
Further, no one else has ever been you. Best estimates say that a total of 117 billion people have ever existed on this planet…and none of them were you. So, really, you are one in 117 billion.
But also, no one else will ever be you! Wrap your head around that one! The fact that you even exist with those odds, makes you a miracle…worthy.
You are very special.
Always remember that.
Here’s to conquering stress.
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