Thursday, 6 September 2012

Clay Balls

A man was exploring caves by the Seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know another person, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth. May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because their gems were hidden in bits of clay.

And so the more people you are a gem to, the wealthier your life will become with happiness, joy and laughter…

So look forward to being someone’s clay vessel.


Wreckless Euroafrican said...

I cracked my skull once, as a child. Can assure you there was no treasure to be found inside :(
Nice story thought.

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Lass! Thoughtful stuff, and a message worth hearing. Thanks. Indigo x

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BamaTrav said...

I was going to say something about "bags and balls" but after reading your story, I hang my head in shame. :(

Cheltz said...

This is a good thought to be reminded of often. Thank you!

Nolens Volens said...

Stop breaking my balls!!!! ;)

Arlee Bird said...

What a lovely inspiring post. And it's so true. You caught me off guard with this. When you started with balls I figured this post was going in an entirely different direction. I like where it went.

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The Glebe Blog said...

I agree with Arlee Bird. When you mentioned Clay Balls, I expected some profanities.
You certainly have some profound thoughts as well as wicked ones.


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