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A dollar lesson

Friday, April 19, 2013

In our Scoutmaster minute, our SM pulled out a dollar from his wallet. He asked the boys what it was and they all screamed out "A dollar bill".. then he pulled one out from his pocket, all wrinkled and torn. Again, he asked the boys what it was and they responded the same - "A dollar bill". He then pointed out the obvious, one was crisp and flat, like new while the other was wrinkled and torn. Then he asked the boys how much the crisp bill was worth and they all replied "Duh, $1". Holding up the wrinkled bill he asked again "how much is this bill worth" and the boys responded "$1". He stayed silent for a moment and then responded with this "Two $1 bills, looking nothing alike, but both bills still have the same value just as each and every one of you are different, you all have the same value."

Know this - that no matter how crisp, smooth, wrinkled, torn, battered or bruised you are, no matter how hard your journey or the scars left, you are valuable. Don't sell yourself short, remember that you are valuable and worth just as much as the person standing next to you. Don't hide. Don't stuff yourself in someone's pocket feeling worthless because that wrinkled and torn dollar is just as valuable as a crisp one.
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  • LUCYLIN101
    Thanks Kristie for reminding us how valuable we are!! emoticon
    1879 days ago
    1885 days ago
    That is a good lesson about value.
    1887 days ago
    Awesomeness! Great lesson. I often feel like the crumpled dollar. What a great way to remind myself of my worth.

    If our children can fully embrace and grasp this concept, the world will be a much better place.
    1887 days ago
    An excellent way of teaching an important lesson!
    1888 days ago
    Great lesson. I'm so glad you shared.
    1888 days ago
    Great reminder, I have always had a problem with self worth and that was a great reminder! Thanks for sharing Diamond Girl! You Rock!

    1889 days ago
  • VALYNN26
    Love this!! Thanks so much for sharing.
    1889 days ago
    I needed to read this today. Thank you.
    1889 days ago
    I've heard of the same type of lesson being given and I think it is one of the most important lesson our kids should learn. Well really it is the most important lesson everyone should learn. Often times things happen in our lives that lead to us feeling less worthy.. divorce, break-ups, bullying, judging, etc. It's about time that people realize that they are worth the same as everyone else. I know all too well how it feels to feel worthless tho. As a child I was abused by my mom's boyfriend of the time. Then I moved in with my dad and "stepmom." I use that word lightly.. as she was never really a mother type figure in my eyes.. and because they aren't together anymore. They divorced shortly after I moved out. She treated me like crap. I always strived to do my best and nothing was ever good enough for her. I was the only one of the kids in the house (the other 4 were her children) who graduated high school. I was the only one who listened to what she told me. I did ALL of the chores.. and still got in trouble because it wasn't done good enough. So there are still times when I feel like I am not "good enough."
    1889 days ago
    I love this lesson.... I will use it whenever I can. Thanks for sharing.
    1889 days ago
    Love this reminder that we all have value!
    1889 days ago
  • AMY-MIMI77
    This is awesome Kristie
    Thanks for sharing and reminding us what we all often forget.
    1889 days ago
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