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Clay Balls
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 him, so he took the bag 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 rands 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 rands 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 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 one of us.
 
May we not come to the end of our lives and find we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.
 
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