You deserve simply by being alive. Your worth is a given. It is your divine inheritance. You do not need to earn or validate it. It is unconditional, forever and always.
There is nothing you can do to lose it, and nothing you need do to win it.
To that end, I want to share a story someone sent be email. I'd seen a speaker relay this myself, and it's a wonderful metaphor that brings home this truth. A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a 20 dollar note.
In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this 20 dollar note?"
Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this to one of you but first, let me do this. "He proceeded to crumple up the 20 dollar note.
He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. Well, he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth 20 bucks.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
"Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to the universe and those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special - Don't EVER forget it.
Kytka "Kit" Hilmar-Jezek