Little Big Man
Chief Dan George Gratitude Speech
|One day a son goes to his father and asks|
"Father, what is the value of my life?"
|The father gives him a stone and says
"If you want to know the value of your life, take this stone to the market.
If anyone asks the price...
Don't say a word, simply raise up 2 fingers.
|The boy does as his father says|
and goes to the market.
He wanders around and then suddenly,
an old woman approaches him and says
"How much is this stone?"
|The boy doesn't say a word
but raises 2 fingers.
The woman says "2 dollars? I'll take it!"
The son is surprised
and runs back to his father saying
there was an old woman at the market.
She wanted to give me
2 dollars for the stone."
|Surprised again the boy runs home
to his father and says,
"Father, a man at the museum
wanted to buy the stone for 200 dollars."
The father replied, "Ok son,
the last place I want you to take the stone
is a precious stone shop.
Walk inside with the stone
and if anyone asks the price,
don't say a word. Just raise 2 fingers."
|So the son runs off to the precious stone store.|
After finding it and walking inside
he sees an old man behind the counter.
And as the old man sees the stone, he jumps up
and screams "Oh my god!
You have the stone I've been searching for all my life!
What do you want for it? How much is it?"
The boy doesn't say a word and raises up 2 fingers.
"200, 000 dollars? I'll take it!" says the old man
|The boy can't believe it.
He jumps up and runs to his father.
"Father, the old man at the precious stone store wanted to give me 200,000 dollars for the stone."
The father said, "You see son?
Do you understand the value of your life?
Life is all about where you place yourself.
You can decide to be a 2 dollar stone
or a 200,000 dollar stone.
There are some people who love you
and for whom you are everything.
And some people
will just use you as a commodity.
For them, you will be worth nothing.
So it is up to you, my son,
to decide the value of your life."
© 2020 MU-Peter Shimon