Good read: The Parable of a Ring's True Worth

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Have you ever felt unworthy? That the world is against you? Read this short story to realize your worth.

You might have heard of a parable from your grandparents, parents and teachers. A parable is a short story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.

Some people are not confident enough about themselves. They lack self esteem so they are afraid of trying to do something, thinking that they will fail.

In order to have self esteem, you must build your self worth. Unfortunately, people don't value themselves, thinking that other people are better than them.

This parable will surely make you realize your self worth and help you build your self esteem.
Once a young man came to a wise man and said, "I've come to you because I feel so worthless that I don't want to live anymore. Everyone around me says that I'm a failure and a fool. I'm begging you, please help me!"

The wise man glanced at him and hurriedly answered," I'm sorry but I'm very busy now and can't possibly help you. I have an urgent matter to take care of..." he stopped for a moment, thinking, then added, "But if you agree to help me get this done, then I will gladly help you afterwards."

"Of... of course," murmured the young man, noting bitterly that yet again his concerns had been dismissed as unimportant. "Great!" said the wise man and took off from his finger a small ring with a beautiful gem.

"Take a horse and go to the market. I have to sell this ring as soon as possible to pay off a debt. Try to get as much as you can for it and, no matter what, do not agree to anything less than a gold coin. Go now and come back as soon as you can!"

The young man took the ring and rode away. When he got to the market, he offered the ring to the merchants and they looked it over with interest. However, as soon as they heard that it will at least cost a gold coin, they all lost interest.

Some laughed right in his face, others simply turned away, and only one older merchant kindly explained that a gold coin is too high of a price for such a ring and the most he could get for it would be a silver, coin or bronze. When the young man heard that, he was distraught, remembering the wise man's direction to not take any less than a gold coin. He went through the entire market and offered the ring to almost a hundred people, but nothing changed.

He got on his horse and rode back to the wise man. "I wasn't able to sell your ring,' he said with sadness. "No one was willing to pay me a gold coin for it. I could have gotten a silver coin, but that's not what this ring is worth."

"Now that's a very important point, my son!" said the wise man. "Before trying to ell a ring, you should find out what it's worth! And who can know better than a jeweler? Go to the jeweler and ask him what h will offer us for the ring. But no matter what he says, don't sell him the ring, just come back to me right away."

The young man jumped on his horse and rode to the jeweler. The jeweler carefully and patiently examined the ring, weighed it on his scale, then turned to the young man. "Tell your master that right now I can't give him more than 58 gold coins. But if he gives me some times, I'll buy it for 70, to compensate for the wait."

"70 gold coins!" the young man exclaimed. He laughed, thanked the jeweler and raced back to the wise man. The wise man listened to the account of what happened and looked the young man in the eyes. "Remember this, my son. You are like this ring - precious and unique! And only a real expert can appreciate your true worth. So why are you wasting your time going to random people to find to what it is?"

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