For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
So how much would you value the nail?
If you see it as just a little piece of metal that is produced easily and in plentiful supply, you might not value it much. But if you see this one little nail as the lynchpin that holds the kingdom together, how much is it worth? It would be priceless.
Now imagine that you are this nail. The one crucial nail that is needed to hold the kingdom together.
How would you think about yourself and who you are?
What would you think about your role or your job or anything you do?
You might begin to realise how truly value-able you are. And in that moment of realisation, you would find that you become able to be value-d.
You might also be able to value the role you are being; or job you are doing at any point in time. Because this would be the one chance you really have to make sure your nail is not the one that is missing when the time comes to be counted.
Many people stop at this point, unable to imagine that they are so important that their contribution might be holding the kingdom together. But you would be wrong.
You are in each and every place of being, relationship; job; area of responsibility; role or opportunity because of your own particular talents, experiences, memories, hopes, fears, knowledge and skills. And it is no accident that you are in your particular role, or situation or place in life. This is where your talents are needed and where they find expression.
There is no-one else in the world like you. You are truly unique.
And the word unique is used here to reflect its earliest meaning of ‘having no equal’. You have no equal because even in our world of almost 7 billion people, there is no one who could fill your particular shoes anywhere.
Like the nail in the story above, you might never know what could happen if you were not doing what you uniquely do. But you can be sure that at some level, somewhere the consequences would be as great as a kingdom being lost.
So how much would you value yourself if you could truly see your incredible contribution to this wonderful, contrary, beautiful and challenging world of ours?