Imagine that you are taking a stroll on the beach in Monterey.  It’s a beautiful sunny day and you see something glistening in the sand in front of you.  You walk over, pick it up, and dust it off.  You think, “Wow!  This looks like it could be a rare gemstone of some kind.  It could be very valuable.”  So, you take it to a gem shop to see what it is.

As soon as you walk into the shop, the owner hurries over to you.  He is entranced by the semi-dusty stone in your hand.  He asks, “May I look at it?”  You gently hand it over to him.  He hurries back to his desk and begins examining it under his magnifying glass.  “I can’t believe it!”  he cries out.  “Where did you find it?”  You explain how you saw it glistening in the sand while you were out for a walk on the beach.  Now your curiosity is getting the best of you and you ask, “Well, what is it?  What did I find that is so special?”

The shop owner draws in a long breath, then says humbly, trying to contain his excitement, “You have found a one-of-a-kind gem that I have never seen before in my entire life of studying gemstones.  One cannot put a price on something so unique, so exquisite.  It is priceless.  Its value cannot be calculated.  It is without compare.”

Wow!  You now own something so extraordinarily valuable that it is priceless!  But wait.  Haven’t you owned something like that all along?  What could possibly be more unique, extraordinary, special, remarkable, incomparable, irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind than YOU?

No other person born in the history of mankind has been exactly like you.  Moreover, no person ever to be born will be just like you.  That’s why it is so important to be the best you you can possibly be.  No else can do it for you.  And we only get this one chance called “life” to do it. 

Brendon Burchard, author of Life’s Golden Ticket, was in a near-fatal car accident when he was 19 years old.  As he recovered consciousness, still stuck in the vehicle, barely holding on to his life, he received a message.  Not a text or email, it was from the Maker of the universe.  The message was that he was going to live in order that he can take this message to the world:  There are three questions that each one of us is going to ask when we are about to die.  “Did I live?  Did I love?  Did I matter?” 

You have been intricately and delicately made so that you may fulfill all that you have been put here to be and to do.  Let’s get to living our extraordinary lives.