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July 25, 2009

Hundred Dollar Bill

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!!

9 comments:

otin said...

Even worse, you could be like a penny, people could view you as useless, until they really needed you, and then they would search you out!

Fancy said...

What an interesting article - Very uplifting! You have, definitely, found your inner self, Technobabe!!

TechnoBabe said...

Ooooof, Otin, that would be much worse. I've been working my way up to the 100 dollar marker and it feels pretty good up here thank you very much. Smile.

Hi Fancy,
Yes, this was pretty nice wasn't it. You have seen me through some tough times so I take it to heart that you are hearing some growth in me. Thanks for the encouragement.

cinner said...

I think theres a hundred dollar bill in all of us. As long as we are moving forwards, then it is a good day. I am impressed with your blog and have become a follower. yeah.Take care

Berni said...

That article was really worth sharing thanks

jozien said...

Ahhh i like that!
I sometimes go to that place: of being willing to be stepped on, while knowing i am worthy, when i feel i am in need of a miracle. :)it works all the time.
Thanks for a new imaginary!

cinner said...

Hi Technobabe, you asked if you could use the pics of my trees from the storm from my blog. absolutely you can. Take care/

Joanna Jenkins said...

GREAT story, I will be telling that one for years to come.

Glad things are looking up. I'm really happy for you.

xo

Jason, as himself said...

Love the analogy. I'm going to pass that along to someone I know...