### Value the self

A little boy went to his old grandpa and asked, "What's the value of life?"
The grandpa gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it."

The boy 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 boy apologized and said that the grandpa 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."
The boy again 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 1 million for this stone."
When the boy shook his head, the jeweler said, "Alright, alright, take 24 carat gold necklaces, but give me the stone."
The boy explained that he can't sell the stone.

Further ahead, the boy saw a precious stone's shop and asked the seller the value of this 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 boy returned to the grandpa and told him what had happened.
"Now tell me what the value of life, grandpa?”

Grandpa said, "The answers you got from the Orange Seller, the Vegetable Seller, the Jeweler & the Precious Stone's Seller explain the value of our life... You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but, people will value you based on their financial status, their level of information, their belief in you, and 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."

Respect own self. Self dignity is the salient quality. If my dignity is due to degree, post, money, success or fame, then I am dependent. True dignity comes from within and not dependent on anything.

I am unique, rare and exceptional. I am original and only of my kind. I am a masterpiece because I'm master's piece. I am more than a precious diamond. No one can replace me. Esteem self, none else can do that.