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MS will never take away your worth

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 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 the dollar bill up.
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 all crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends,” he said, “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 $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.”

The above story is true for you as well. Even though a chronic illness has tried its best to kick you to the curb or to crumple you up and throw you away, it will never take away your worth. You are priceless…like the rarest of rare diamonds.

You are a beautiful gem being made even more beautiful with each passing day. Don’t let your limitations cause you to see yourself as flawed or worthless. The truth is you are important, valued, needed and loved. Don’t you forget it!

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

11 replies
  1. Emma-lisa
    Emma-lisa says:

    Thank you for sharing this today, I had nearly hit rock bottom when I realised I was the crumpled note and still had value

  2. Angela Kirby
    Angela Kirby says:

    Penelope, you share the most meaningful and supportive insights. Thank you. Like Teri, I too questioned my value when I had to stop work but soon realised, like Roger’s story, that I need to use myself to my fullest to be useful and regain my value, often a difficult task, yet the feeling of self-worth again is worth the struggle.

  3. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    I have heard those lines before and know what they mean too. There is also another set of lines for getting involved.

    What would happen to a new car (like a new Rolls Royce) if taken to a forest and left for a few years.

    And it doesn’t mean to get stolen.

    After a while rust starts eating away at the metal work, the tyres deflate when the rubber degenerates, the car starts to fall apart.

    This occurs because there is no-one looking after it!

    This can apply to us as MS people. Today I was taken to see someone who I have never seen at a Mall that I had the privilege to attend the opening of in 1974. And that was because I had people to be involved with me.

    We all need that involvement if we are ‘sick’ or ‘healthy’ and it does apply to us.

    • Christina Roland
      Christina Roland says:

      Teri we don’t know each other and I won’t presume to know how you feel, I can only compare your thoughts to my own. We’ve spent years (or not) working at a job where we got paid and I think our sense of self worth became tied to our career. To have that validation ripped away from us against our will is not pleasant. Because what are we left with if we put so much of our lives into something that’s just gone? That’s what leads us to feel that we have no purpose in life. A friend of mine encouraged me to volunteer at the local animal shelter so that I would feel like I had value in my broken down life. Four hours a week I go and help out by maintaining the shelter’s database of injured wildlife that has been brought in for treatment and rehabilitation. I feel so much better because I interact with other people who are so grateful that I’m helping out. The little bit that I think I do is a big deal to the shelter because that frees up someone else to take care of the animals. I guess the point I’m trying to make is to not sell yourself short thinking that because you’re no longer going to a job where you bring home a paycheck that you have become worth less. Even though it may not be obvious to us, we all still have gifts to share.

  4. Clive Whiteside says:

    Thanks you for sharing this with us all it is so very true no matter what you are still the same amazing wonderful inspirational person that you were before being diagnosed with MS

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