Recently I was googling Individual Worth in search for a proper definition to use in one of my posts. As I went searching I pulled up a few blog sites with inspiring stories which I would like to share and reference.
I came across an object lesson given by Stephanie Waite in which she laid out various belongings on a table and asked her class what each object was worth and what made them valuable. Some of the objects were perhaps expensive things and some objects may have been more valuable to one than to another. But the particular object that may have seemed worthless to most individuals was probably the most valuable thing on the table in the eyes of its initial owner.
It actually reminded me of an object that is close to Jenna – a stuffed dog she’s had since she was 6 months old – though the toy itself looks like he’s been around much longer than she has. It’s been restuffed twice and has had matted hair cut off – never to grow back again. But Jenna loves it. It’s her baby. It’s her lifelong friend.
Recently she allowed her cousin to “borrow” it – a huge sacrifice on her part. But Kayla (my sister) was not all that thrilled about inviting Jenna’s beat up toy (which really is clean – but appears to be unkempt) into her house and chose to leave it in the trunk of her car.
What makes something or someone valuable? Love? The kind of love that makes you valuable no matter what. No matter how beaten or ratty (inside or out) I loved her post. I loved her explanation. And you can read the full post here.
Stephanie’s last post referred me to another blog. I read a post that could fall into the category of Choice and Accountability. What a tough decision to be made – and yet what remarkable faith and strength that would help so many others.
Collin Presley had health problems from the time he was born. He outlived his disease by twelve years (from my understanding) but died shortly after a new medication was given.
Their first thought was to sue the doctor. Collin still had life with the old medication. Surely someone had to blamed for Collin’s death – but an autopsy would have to be preformed to provide proof. Doing an autopsy would upset the organs which the family wanted to donate to those who were still fighting the fight. A battle with attorneys would have been so costly. It wouldn’t bring Collin back. On the flip side his organs could be donated and bring life to others. That was the choice they faced. You can read more of their story in this post though I recommend venturing even further with prior posts
Katy Pluim amazes me with her short sweet posts as she deals with having only one arm. I am so impressed with the things that she has taught herself that I struggle with having two arms. She is a beautiful person with a husband and a three year old (almost three) daughter. Here is one of her earlier posts on dealing.
Unfortunately I did not copy the reference for this next story. I tried going back to my initial research and to Google–ing with the given subject, but more sites were brought up than I cared to wade through. My apologies to the blogger (though there are many more resources for this particular story:
“More than one hour after the gold-medal athlete had crossed the finish line during the marathon in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzamia entered the stadium. Only a few spectators remained as the lone runner appeared. The athlete’s leg was injured and bleeding. He was dehydrated and confuse. As he crossed the finish line, the small crowd cheered in appreciation for what would become one of the most famous last-place finishes in history. But it wasn’t the runner’s performance that caught their attention – and the attention of thousands more during the almost five decades since. It was his desire to finish the race, to endure to the end. After the event in 1968, a reporter asked the runner why he had not quit the race since he had no chance of winning. The Tanzanian athlete was confused. “My country did not send me to Mexico City to start the race,” he replied. “They sent me to finish”
I actually shared this next story in Relief Society when the instructor asked the class for comments about Integrity. What goes around comes around. I think this is a really great example.
And finally one idea to teach in classrooms – though children are more accepting and perhaps this ought to be applied to all adults as well Stop the bullying already. We are all different. Embrace the differences.
How great it is to have so many great insights and so many who support one another through their blogs and create ideas and share. Thank you!