How many clay balls have you thrown away?

A man was exploring caves by a seashore when he found a bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. The balls looked like someone had intentionally rolled the clay and left them out in the sun to bake. Perhaps some children made them while they were at the beach, the man thought. They didn’t look much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him.

As he strolled along the beach, he threw the clay balls one by one out to the oceans as far as he could. The clay balls would fly and disappear into the ocean. The man threw several clay balls in the ocean until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open. Inside the clay was a beautiful, precious stone.

This excited the man and he started breaking the remaining clay balls. Each of it contained different types of precious stones. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in twenty clay balls that he still had. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach for a long time and he must have thrown away many clay balls with hidden treasure into the sea. He could have had a treasure worth of tens of thousands rather than just thousands, if only he had known what he knows now and would have not thrown the clay balls away.


Lessons from this story:

  • Imagine that those clay balls are your friends, family and coworkers. How many of these “balls” have you thrown away and for how many have you taken time and “examined” them? 
  • To many times we judge and estimate value of others by how they look.
  • Every now and then in life we will get a bag full of clay balls. But for what and how we will use this gift depends on us. Will you see them just as clay balls or will you want to know more about them. Maybe you will see a bigger picture and make something out of those clay balls, maybe reshape them. The only limit will be your knowledge, your imagination, and your will.

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