Woman (speaking to a clearly upset friend): He asked her, "If I offered you a hundred dollar bill, would you take it?" and she said, "Of course." Then he asked her, "What if I crumpled up the hundred dollar bill, would you still want it?" She answered, "Yes." Then he asked her, "What if I threw the crumpled hundred dollar bill on the ground and stepped on it, would you still take it?" She answered, "Yes! I need the money, I don't care if it's been stepped on." Then he said, "Well, you are like that hundred dollar bill. Your worth is not diminished because you have been stepped on a few times."
This was a post on a blog called Unknown Mami. Then Mami went on to say "I am like that hundred dollar bill. So are you!"
That is a good analogy for how so many of us feel or have felt at one time or another. I am beginning to accept my worth and understand what it means to feel worthy as a person and as a survivor.
As I travel around online reading different blogs, it is clear that there are many people suffering and hurting and struggling with grief and tragedy and trauma. I was one of them for about a year. My therapist would give me a big high five right now if she were here reading this post. With her help I have been learning new tools for survival. No longer are the hurt and fear running my life. I am like that hundred dollar bill!!