Who would have guessed that I learned my eighth lesson from a 90 year old woman!
As I was trying to rebuild my life and figure out who the “new me” was, my good friend, Asha, suggested that I volunteer. I couldn’t comprehend that I had anything of value to offer anyone. I was so distraught and beaten down that I felt worthless. Who could I possibly help? Who would want me?
Then, as fate would have it, I heard about an elderly woman who needed company – someone to read to her, talk to her, or play a game with her. And I thought: Well, I can do that. No matter how badly I felt, I can still find the time to visit someone. So I signed up.
And into my life entered Geri Franklin. A 90 year old, six foot tall, 80 pound ball of energy. My life would never be the same.
She had adopted a stray cat that she named Lambchops and they were inseparable. Every time I came to visit her, she would greet me with open arms, give me a great big hug, and call me her angel. I loved spending time with her, and it wasn’t long before I didn’t feel so worthless anymore.
One evening, as we were sitting in her living room, Geri reached into her purse and pulled out a dollar bill. It was new and crisp and fresh. She looked at me mischievously and said: “Do you want it?”
But as I reached for it, she crumpled it up in her hands. When she straightened it out, she asked:
“Now that I’ve crumpled it, do you still want it?”
My answer was the same: “Sure!”
But now she threw the dollar bill on the floor and smashed it in the ground.
“What about now. Do you still want it once it’s been smashed in the ground and dug in the dirt?”
When I answered: “Sure!” she asked: “Why?”
BECAUSE IT NEVER LOST IT’S WORTH.
And that, my friends, is the greatest lesson I can share with you:
There will be days when life throws you a curve, and you will feel like you’ve been crumpled up and dug in the dirt. But remember – no matter what happens, no matter what comes your way, you never, NEVER lose your worth!