Because I was taken by surprise, let me just follow my nominator’s path on my first day. My quote will also be about life being precious.
Thank you Kranti for this sweet friendly challenge! I appreciate it a lot!
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
- Share why this quote appeals so much to you.
- Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day.
My First Quote:
You never lose your worth. No matter what life throws at you.
One day, a young lady came to me crying. She said,
She humiliated me in front of my classmates, throwing baseless accusations after accusations. Now, I’m losing respect in myself.
It happened about seven years ago while I was still working in a state-owned academy. The young lady was a second year college student then. She was talking about her lady professor. This professor was one of those who have completed two Master Degrees and a PHD, and a numerous high-profile trainings. So by looking at her credentials, she is supposed to be a highly respectable person. But people — just like this young lady student who came to me, weeping in shame, anger, and emotional pain — in the academy believed or experienced the exact opposite of respect.
I said to her, after listening intensely to some details of her story. Then, she followed me as I walked out of my office toward an open space just outside the building.
When we reached a shaded place, I pulled out my wallet, took a 100 peso bill, and asked her..
If I gave this P100 bill to anybody, do you think, they will accept it?
Yes sir, of course! No one will reject it!” replied the young lady.
Then I crumpled it with my right hand in front of her, and asked a follow-up question.
How about now that it’s crumpled? Will people still accept it?
Yes sir. Of course, they will.
This time, I threw the P100 bill on the ground then stepped on it with my shoes, as if grinding it with force. Then asked another question, after picking it from the ground…
Now that its totally crumpled and dirty in your eyes, do you still believe people will accept it?
Of course sir. It is still P100.
That’s it! That’s exactly it! I exclaimed.
She looked at me with confused eyes, still with some tears welling up. Then I smiled at her, and told her slowly, with a soft reassuring voice.
“You are precious. Just like this bill, your value won’t change just because they crumpled you in the outside. You are still the same you — charming, always smiling, happy student.”
“Actually,” I followed through, “it is yourresponse to those kind of experiences, that will determine your worth. To cry for such a painful experience is okay. That’s part of a normal person with normal emotions. You have already cried. That’s good. Now it’s time to get up. I am reminding you of your worth. And I hope that you will go back to your lady professor with a stronger heart, knowing that no matter what she throws at you, your value as a person doesn’t change. You are still precious.”
She burst into more tears after I said those words.
Not knowing what to do, I just stood there, watching her as she cried, silently praying that my words would at least give her inner strength.
After a minute or two, she rose her head, looked at me with a sweet smile, as she was wiping all the tears in her face… and said,
Thank you very much sir. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I smiled back at her with a relieved heart.
Then she followed-up with a rather unexpected request…
Sir, can I have this bill as a souvenir?
Well, that’s it. That’s my quote, with a short personal story.
I was still in high school when I encountered a story similar to that. Decades later, I was in the position to relive that story, with me as one of the characters — the one who was giving the strength to a damaged person. I’m glad I was given a chance to share the experience to that young lady student.
When she graduated from the academy, years later, she came back to me, and thanked me again for that P100 bill encounter. Maybe she still has my money now. Maybe she doesn’t anymore. It doesn’t matter. What important is that she remembered how precious she was — and stayed that way.
Again, thank you Kranti for this opportunity.
Now, my nominees: