One day a young boy asked his father, “What is the value of his life?”
Instead of answering the father told his son to take this rock and go sell it at a market.
If anybody asks the price, raise two fingers and don’t say anything. The boy then went to the market and a women asked, “How much is this rock. I want to put it in my garden.” The boy didn’t say anything and raised up two fingers, and the women said, “Two dollars? I’ll take it.”
And the boy went home and told his father, “A women wants to buy this rock for two dollars. “The father said, “Son, I want you to take this rock to a museum. If anybody wants to buy it, don’t say a word and just put up two fingers.”
The boy then went to the museum and a man wanted to buy the rock. The boy didn’t say a word and put up two fingers. And the man said, “$200? I’ll take it.”
The boy was shocked and went running home. “Father, a man wants to buy this rock for $200. His father than said, “The last place I want you to take this rock is to a precious stone store. Show it to the owner and don’t say a word. And if he asks the price just put up two fingers.”
The son then went to a precious stone store and he showed the rock to the owner. “Where did you find this stone? It is one of the most rarest stones in the world. I must have it! How much would you sell it for?”
The boy put up two fingers.
And the man said, “I’ll take it for $200,000.”
The boy, not knowing what to say, ran home to his father. “Father, there’s a man that wants to buy this stone for $200,000.”
His father said, “Son, do you know the value of your life now? You see, it doesn’t matter where you come from, where you were born, the color of your skin, or how much money you were born into. It matters where you decide to place yourself, the people you surround yourself with, and how you choose to carry yourself.”
You may have lived your life thinking you were a $2 stone. You may have lived your whole life surrounded by people who saw your worth as only $2. But everybody has a diamond inside of them. And we can choose to surround ourself with people who see our value and see the diamond inside of us. We can choose to put ourself in a market or put ourself in a precious stone store. And you can choose to see the value in other people. You can help other people see the diamond inside of themselves. Choose the people you surround yourself with wisely. That can make all the difference in your life.
You can choose to be around people who see you as $2, or you can choose to be around people who see you as $200,000.
And some people… will see you as priceless.
I wish you all the best. I love you all.