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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 up clay and left them out in the sun to bake.

They did not 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, to pass the time, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could throw.



He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls on a rock and it cracked open.

Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.

Excitedly…. the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Wow…..each of them contained a similar treasure! He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left…….and then it struck him!

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 is like that with people. When we look at someone…. maybe even ourselves….all we see is the external 'clay' vessel. It may not look like much from the outside….it may not be beautiful or sparkling, so we decide to ignore 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 by God.

If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us……each of us is special!

Please Baba……May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in world as YOU see them!

Source: Unknown, Illustrations: Tupdhen, SSSHSS

- Heart2Heart Team

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Vol 4 Issue 01 - January 2006
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