You Might Feel Worthless To One Person, But You Are Priceless To Another

As we slide inexorably into the future, we have the ability to adjust it, to slide the way we want, to change our direction. I have several favourite sayings, and one is “nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it”, and it will be. You can make it that way, and don’t worry about the people who try to put you down.

I created a post on Facebook the other day based on an article in The Big Issue, a paper sold by people who are looking to change their lives – “a hand up, not a hand out” is their slogan. This post said about our local Big Issue seller who I purchase the publication from him every week even if I am low on money myself. Over 100 people clicked like on it, and it was picked up by the local paper. However, not everybody was nice on there. Some people were being very derogatory about the vendor, even making things up. One said that he had been seen taking drugs in the local graveyard. He admitted that he did used to be drug dependent, but would only use in the privacy of his own home.

“No matter how good a person you are, there will always be someone criticizing you. It is sad how some people are so jealous and intimidated by you that they only have negative things to say when they know absolutely nothing about you”

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47 thoughts on “You Might Feel Worthless To One Person, But You Are Priceless To Another

  1. [ Smiles ] Thank you for this wonderful dose of inspiration.

    Also, I wish you and all of your readers a very safe and an enjoyable weekend.

  2. Great post Al. How sad that people say these things without knowing the full story. there are so many people out there trying to change their lives. So what if he used drug…that doesn’t mean he isn’t trying not to. People need to have some empathy and realise that some battles are fought step by step, rocking forwards and backwards. Moving forward is not always as simple as going forward. I wish people would remember that until they have walked someone else’s road they have no idea how many potholes there might be ahead for them.

    • Perfectly said. He hasn’t used drugs for at least a year. I would say more but I have only been speaking to him properly for just over a year.

  3. A convo came up on the radio recently where the host was saying how being liked is usually 80/10/10. 80% will like you if you are generally a nice person. 10% are indifferent & 10% will simply never like you no matter what (& probably don’t like anybody – not even themselves). I think he’s right.
    10% – HATERS!

  4. Even the God above has been slandered, so I know we will be also. It hurts, we heal, the words remain, but time moves on. People can be cruel, this is for sure. This is a great post Al, thanks!!!

  5. Great post, Alastair! Very inspiring. Great quotes.
    It just helps me to think positively.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Have a wonderful evening, Alastair! 🙂

  6. Beautiful post Al. Human beings are a strange bunch! No matter how kind, gentle, selfless one is – there would always be haters! A timely reminder to ignore people who are quick to put us down.

  7. Very inspiring post Al, thank you . You certainly do find some amazing quotes. I particularly like the one about the future being better than the past. It never fails to amaze me how quick people are to judge these days and in such acrimonious ways, never having walked in their shoes or been close. My dad is an alcoholic who has spent the majority of his adult life in prison due to alcohol-related crimes. He is still there, he is 81. Sadly, he couldn’t turn his life around but the man who has appeared in newspaper headlines is still my dad no matter what he has done (drunken, failed attempts to rob banks to ensure he gets back inside).
    The Big Issue sellers need people like you to stand up for them, well done Al 🙂

    • I am sorry that your dad has those problems. It’s sad when the only life they have is one that they have to do crimes to go somewhere that they feel most comfortable.

      Do you visit him?

      • Thanks Al. The problem is that even when he was much younger and given so many chances and offers of help he never took them because the only thing he ever wanted to do was to drink.
        I do visit him from time to time but he prefers to call me weekly, used to be he would write letters (when in prison). He finds visits emotionally difficult I think even though we laugh the entire time when we are together so it’s never heavy. My dad’s lifelong mantra has always been ‘no pressure’. He has to handle things his way or not at all. All very controlled. In prison he has respect and works all day doing a cleaning job. It’s the only life he knows and feels comfortable in. I had dreams and hopes for years that he would quit drinking and be the dad that I longed for but I realised a long time ago that was never going to happen. For my own sanity I forgave him long ago. Life’s too short for bitterness isn’t it?

        • It is too short. You have to accept other people’s shortcomings and I respect you for that with your dad. That is a huge one to forgive, one that a lot of people can’t. It is what he knows though, and what he is used to so it’s his way of life. Nice that you are still in contact with him though and that you have a laugh together

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