Value is in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone we meet will paint their own picture of who we are. The only picture that matters is the one we create.
Here’s an old chestnut my friend Melanie Paul shared. Like most parables, it tells a powerful story in simple terms.
A father said to his daughter “You have graduated with honors, here is a Jeep I bought many years ago. The thing is pretty old now. Before you accept this gift, take the vehicle to the used car lot downtown. Tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you.”
She did as he asked, “They offered me $1,000 because they said the Jeep looks worn out.”
The father smiled. “Now take the car to the pawn shop.” When she came back she told her father, “They said they would only pay $100 because it is an old Jeep.”
Then the father asked her visit the local Jeep club to see how they valued his gift. The reception there stunned her. “Several members offered over $100,000 for it because it’s an iconic Jeep and sought by many collectors.”
The father said, “The right place values you the right way. If you are not valued, do not be angry. It means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your worth are those who appreciate you. Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.”