The value of life does not
depend on the length of days, but how we make use of them; not in what other
people perceive, but whether we are living satisfactorily and contentedly.
Our outlook, our estimate of ourselves and
of our values are largely
colored by our environment. They are modified, shaped, molded by our
surroundings, by the character of the people with whom we come in contact.
I have often wondered why is
it that we love ourselves more than all the rest of men, but yet, some of us set
less value on our own opinions and of ourselves than on the opinions of others.
I have always believed, that whatever good
or bad fortune may come our way, we can always give it meaning and transform it
into something of value to us without necessarily the influence of other people.
Here’s an inspiring parable about a man who went to God and asked, “What’s the
value of life?” God gave him one stone and said, “Find out the value of this
stone, but don’t sell it.”
The man took the stone to an orange seller and asked him what its cost would be.
The orange seller saw the shiny stone and said, “You can take 12 oranges and
give me the stone.” The man apologized and said that the God has asked him not
to sell it.
He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. “What could be the value of this
stone?” he asked the vegetable seller. The seller saw the shiny stone and said,
“Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone. He apologized and said he
can’t sell it.
Further ahead, he went into a jewelry shop and asked the value of the stone. The
jeweler saw the stone under a lens and said, “I’ll give you 50 Lakhs (Indian
number unit) for this stone.” When the man shook his head, the jeweler said,
“Alright, alright, take 2 crores (larger Indian number unit) but give me the
stone.” The man explained that he can’t sell the stone.
Further ahead, he saw a precious stone’s shop and asked the seller the value of
the stone. When the precious stone’s seller saw the big ruby, he lay down a red
cloth and put the ruby on it. Then he walked in circles around the ruby and bent
down and touched his head in front of the ruby. “From where did you bring this
priceless ruby from?” he asked. “Even if I sell the whole world, and my life, I
won’t be able to purchase this priceless stone.”
Stunned and confused, the man returned to the God and told him what had
happened. “Now tell me, what is the value of life, God?”
God said, “The answers you got from the Orange seller, the vegetable seller, the
jeweler and the precious stone’s seller explain the value of life. You
may be a precious stone, even priceless, but people may value you based on their
level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you,
their ambition, and their risk taking ability. But don’t fear, you will surely
find someone who will discern your true value.”
In the eyes of God we are very precious. Let us respect and value ourselves
because we are unique, no one can replace us.
By Tim Pedrosa
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom
known until it is lost. - Charles Caleb Colton