The Value of Life


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 jewellery 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 2 24karat 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 is 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 explains the value of our life…

You may be a precious stone, even priceless, but, people will value you based on their intellectual status, their level of information, their belief in you, their motive behind entertaining you, their ambition, their risk taking ability & ultimately their calibre. 

“So don’t fear, you will surely find someone who will discern your true value.” 

“… Respect yourself; Don’t sell yourself cheap; You are rare, unique, original and the only one of your kind; You’re a masterpiece because You Are THE MASTER’S PIECE; No one can replace you.”




Seorang anak laki2 datang kpd kakeknya dan bertanya, “Arti dari Nilai Kehidupan?” (Value of Life)

Kakek itu memberinya satu batu dan berkata, “cari tahu nilai batu ini, tp jangan menjualnya.”

Anak laki2 itu membawa batu itu ke penjual jeruk dan bertanya kepadanya brp harganya? Penjual jeruk melihat batu yg mengkilap dan berkata, “anda bisa mengambil 12 jeruk dan memberikan batu itu pd saya.”

Anak laki2 itu meminta maaf dan berkata bhw kakeknya telah memintanya utk tdk menjual batu tsb.

Dia pergi ke tempat yg lain dan menemukan penjual sayuran. “Berapa nilai batu ini?” tanyanya kpd penjual sayuran. Penjual sayur itu melihat batu yg mengkilap dan berkata, “ambillah satu kantong kentang dan beri aku batu tsb.”

Anak laki2 itu kembali meminta maaf dan berkata bhw dia tdk dpt menukarkannya.

Selanjutnya, dia pergi ke toko perhiasan dan menanyakan nilai batu tsb. Tukang perhiasan tsb melihat batu di bawah lensa dan berkata, “saya akan memberi kamu Rp 1 juta utk batu ini.”

Ketika anak laki2 itu menggelengkan kepalanya, tukang perhiasan itu berkata, “baiklah, ambillah dua kalung emas 24 karat, dan berilah aku batu tsb.”

Anak laki2 tsb sekali lagi menjelaskan bhw ia tdk bisa menjual batu itu.

Dia berjalan lagi dan anak laki2 itu melihat sebuah toko batu mulia dan meminta penjual menilai batu ini.

Ketika penjual batu mulia itu melihat batu rubi besar tsb, dia meletakkan kain merah dan meletakkan batu rubi diatasnya.

Lalu dia berjalan ber-putar2 mengelilingi batu rubi dan membungkuk dan menyentuh kepalanya di depan batu rubi. “Dari mana kamu membawa batu rubi yg tak ternilai harganya ini?” tukang batu tsb bertanya.

“Bahkan jika saya menjual dunia dan hidup saya, saya tdk akan bisa membeli batu yg tak ternilai harganya ini.”

Tertegun dan bingung, anak laki2 itu kembali ke kakeknya dan menceritakan apa yg telah terjadi.

“Sekarang ceritakan kepadaku seberapa banyakkah Nilai suatu Kehidupan itu, kakek?”

Kakek berkata, “jawaban yg kamu dapatkan dr penjual jeruk, penjual sayuran, tukang perhiasan dan tukang penjual batu mulia, mrk menjelaskan ttg Nilai Kehidupan kita …”

Kamu mungkin adalah batu yg berharga, bahkan tak ternilai harganya, tp org akan menghargai kamu berdasarkan status intelektual, tingkat informasi, keyakinan mrk thd kamu, motif dan tujuan mereka di balik menyanjung kamu, kemampuan kamu mengambil risiko dan akhirnya menjadi senjata mrk utk menilai kamu.

“Jadi janganlah kau berasa takut, kamu pasti akan menemukan seseorg yg akan mengetahui seberapa berharganya diri kamu.”

“… Respect yourself; Don’t sell yourself cheap; You are rare, unique, original and the only one of your kind; You’re a masterpiece because You Are THE MASTER’S PIECE; No one can replace you.”  GREAT LIFE

NB: Disadur dari WAG.

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