Who Can Define Your Worth? You Can’t Put a Price on “You”
A couple of years ago, I saw quite a memorable news report about a famous model who decided to get her legs insured.
Her legs were a highly marketable asset, so it was important to her and her modeling agency to make sure they would be protected against any potential injury or harm.
Her right leg was insured for $600,000, but her left leg was “only” insured for $500,000. A hundred thousand dollars is a big difference for the same set of legs!
The reason for the price difference was because her left leg had a tiny scar on it. The insurance assessors felt that because of the scar, the left leg was not as “valuable” as her other leg.
I’m not in the insurance business or the modeling world, but it struck me as odd that someone’s legs could be insured. It seemed even stranger to me that one leg was worth less than the other because of a tiny scar.
If just her set of legs alone are worth $1,100,000, I wonder how much they think the rest of her is worth.
And then, the big question: Who is really qualified to determine the worth of an individual?
Obviously, this model has a healthy self-esteem to consider her legs so valuable — or at least her agent or business manager has provided this “value” for her in terms of dollars and cents.
What about you?
If someone were to take out an insurance policy on you, how much would you be worth?
Of course I’m using this illustration as a metaphor.
We cannot place a price tag on our worth. This is just a way of demonstrating that whenever we measure ourselves against someone else’s standards, our “flaws” or “scars” immediately become apparent.
I’m sure many of you, like me, have “scars” that make us feel our value is less than it should be.
Maybe we’ve made mistakes, been deeply hurt by someone, or possibly have hurt someone ourselves. It doesn’t make any difference whether our scars are physical or emotional.
These “scars” may be so enormous in your eyes, they successfully hide the beauty within you. Or, to put it another way, you are hiding your beauty behind those scars. Yet, they are a part of you. Without them, you would not be you.
When you hide behind a scar, your thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors cover up that wonderful you.
These scars are not the only things that define “you.” They are just representations of the struggles you’ve gone through in life. Actually, maybe the more scars you have, the more beautiful you are; because you are stronger for those experiences. You have overcome those obstacles that have left scars.
You are beautiful BECAUSE of those scars. They represent the intricate spiderweb of your life.
Are you hiding behind any “scars”? Do you feel they hold you back from the real you?
Are you letting those events define how you perceive yourself or what you’re capable of?
You are capable of more than you can imagine. Once you stop putting a cap on what you believe it possible, you will realize it, too. Embrace your scars as part of you, not something to be ashamed of! Your opportunities will be limitless once you do!
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