One day a boy asked his father, “Father, what is the value of my life?”

His father replied, “Son, take these stones to the market and try to sell them. When someone comes up to you and asks how much the stones are, be silent.  Be silent and hold up only two fingers”.

Bewildered, the son did as his father asked of him. He went to the market and brought his stones.  A woman approached him and asked how much he was selling the stones for.  The boy raised his two fingers.  The woman said, “two dollars? I’ll take it!”.

The boy went home and said, “a woman wants to buy it for two dollars!”. His father then said, “take the rock to the museum and try to sell it.  If anyone wants to buy it and asks the price, do not say anything and just raise up two fingers.”

The boy did what his father asked. When he was approached by a man at the museum and asked how much the rock was, the boy raised only two fingers.  The man exclaimed, “two hundred dollars? I’ll take it!”

The boy went home to his father and exclaimed, “a man wanted to buy my rock for two hundred dollars!”

His father said, “son, the last place I want you to take this rock is to a precious stones store.  When they ask you how much it is, only hold up two fingers”.

The boy did, again, what was asked of him.  When he arrived at the precious stones store, the shopkeeper exclaimed, “where did you find this stone? This is one of the rarest stones in the world!  I must have it! How much would you like for it”?  When the boy raised two fingers, the man exclaimed, “I’ll take it for two hundred THOUSAND dollars!”

The boy ran home to tell his father what the precious stone shopkeeper had told him.  His father replied, “son, do you see 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.
What matters is where you decide to place yourself, the people you surround yourself with, or how you choose to carry yourself.
You may have lived your life thinking you were only a $2 stone.  You may have lived your life surrounding yourself with people who have only seen your worth of only $2.  Everyone has a diamond inside of us and we can choose to surround ourselves with people that see our value and see the diamond inside of us.  We can choose to put ourselves in a market or in a precious stones store. We can also choose to see the value inside other people and help others see the diamond inside of them.

This can make all the difference in your life.

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