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Hidden Treasure Amongst Us

A man was exploring some 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 some clay 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, 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 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 hundreds 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 hundreds of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home thousands, but he just threw it away.

You know sometimes, 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 by God. There is a treasure in each and every one of us.

What is your opinion about this story?

Categories: Motivate Yourself
  1. July 19, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I agree. We tend to get judgemental based on face value without giving due consideration to the inner qualities of the other person.

  2. July 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

    @ Shammi – True, there is treasure inside everyone that needs to be discovered and not seeing merely the outer clay.

  3. pinky
    July 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

    When we have a clean heart we are able to have an experience of our inner qualities. We are able to enjoy the beauty of the different relationships, each relationship and each person being unique. Thus they get the hidden treasure.

  4. July 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

    @ Pinky – Very nice thoughts. Agree fully. We must clean ourselves first, then only we can enjoy the world and relations.

  5. rajeev
    July 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Never accept any one on face value. Before discarding just on outer appearance may be an opportunity lost…

  6. July 19, 2010 at 10:34 am

    @ Rajeev – Very true, if we all see the way you said, the world would be much better šŸ™‚

  7. Amisha
    July 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    never judge anyone by their outer look.

  8. July 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    @ Amisha – Thank you Amisha for the visit šŸ™‚

    July 24, 2010 at 8:56 am


  10. July 24, 2010 at 9:24 am

    @ Nimita – Thanks for the visit šŸ™‚

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