Your value is on the inside. You are not your mistakes. Having a bad past does not mean you will also have a bad future. At some point everything that ought to happen will happen but you can edit yourself, you can edit your reaction after the tsunami of life has crushed your world to nothing but dust and debris. When stuff happened you can decide how to react to it. You can decide whether trials make or break you. You cannot just edit or crop out the not-so beautiful parts of life without facing them. What happened in you is more important than what happened to you. Take a look at crayons, no matter how broken they are, they still color.
 
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a R100 note. In the room of about 200 attendees. He asked, “Who would like this R100 note?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this R100 to one of you – but first, let me do this. He proceeded to crumple the R100 note up. He then asked. “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, what if I do this? He dropped it on the floor and started trampling on it with his shoe. He picked it up, crumpled, trampled and dirty. Now, who still wants it? Still the hands went into the air. So, you see, no matter what he did to the R100 note hands keep going up in the air in need of the money. Then he said, friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson today. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it. Why? Because it did not decrease in value, it did not lose its value. It was still worth R100. 
 
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and trampled on the ground by the uncontrollable circumstances that come our way. At such moments, we feel as though we are worthless but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.  A diamond does not lose its shine no matter how long it stays in the dark. Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. Never allow yourself to be defined by someone else’s opinion. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless, worthy and valuable to those who love you. Self-worth comes from within. Stop searching the world for treasures, the real treasure is within you. “Broken crayons can still color”.

 

This is An Excerpts From my Book, “More Than A Selfie – A guide to becoming Self-made in a selfie generation”  
By Nicky Verd

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