As you read this wonderful post from zendictive, think about the jewel inside of the next stranger you encounter! Think of how much easier we could connect in love across borders if we took care to look inside each person for their own unique worth.


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 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…

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. willowdot21
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 03:58:28

    I love all of Zendictives post they are wonderful! XXXXXXXXX

    • granbee
      Apr 20, 2012 @ 04:12:00

      Isn’t Art just fantastic with all he pulls together for each and every post! So glad you enjoyed this one. You have many precious jewels contained in your being, you know!

  2. lscotthoughts
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 04:49:32

    This is a wonderful story of opening up our hearts to others we don’t know, Rose! Thanks for sharing Art’s inspiration! And you know there isn’t one bit of clay in you, as your beauty shines brilliantly! Just sayin’! 🙂

    • granbee
      Apr 20, 2012 @ 05:01:21

      Hey, Lauren, at my age, all the wrinkles and crinkles have cracked all the clay off by now! I had darned well better be shiny underneath, don’t you think? (tee,hee!) Yes, I just thought Art’s clayballs-containing-jewels story was just too much on target with the mainstream of my messages on our critterly journey not to reblog. So glad you enjoyed it, as well.

  3. tornadoday
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 09:27:35

    If we could learn to see with our soul……….

  4. Soma Mukherjee
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 10:04:34

    What a beautiful message this story hold Rose..all of Zens stories are so full of lovely messages and wisdom…just look beyond the superficial and every heart is a gem 🙂

    • granbee
      Apr 20, 2012 @ 22:13:29

      Yes,Soma, as tornadoday says, we must learn to see with our souls! So many precious gems all around us all the time! When these gems are identified in their true state, they in turn shed more light and joy in more dark places in the world.

  5. cocomino
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 19:37:49

    It’s a beautiful post. 🙂

    • granbee
      Apr 20, 2012 @ 22:14:39

      Coco, this particular zendictive post I just could not resist reblogging, as it enchances the message I yearn to spread around the world. Art is always so filled with beauty and wisdom at the zendictive blog.

  6. Sue Dreamwalker
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 03:33:24

    Art is a wonderful generator of Wisdom and healing vibes.. Just what we need in the world as you say Granbee.. Wishing you a wonderful Weekend.. 🙂 ~Sue

    • granbee
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 03:45:36

      Yes,Sue, Art is a terriffic leader here in Blogville, pointing us to such a breathtaking array of spiritual gifts! You have a most wonderful weekend, as well, dear friend and sister journeyer!

  7. sevenleggedexpressjourney
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 04:33:12

    It’s easy to forget what really is important in life. Thanks for sharing a great wisdom, Granbee.

    • granbee
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 04:51:17

      Wonderful to have you drop in here, sevenlegged! I am so pleased you gleaned wisdom from this reblogged post from zendictive.

  8. Rob Barkman
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 22:37:25

    We should look at everyone as if they are of great potential value for the Lord and His glory. Just think if one is saved due to our testimony what glory that brings to God. Or, if we encourage a fellow-believer to continue on faithfully in their walk, what praise and honor is brought to His name! Truly, anyone we meet is a potential opportunity to glorify Him! Lord bless.

    • granbee
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 22:44:43

      Yes, Pastor Rob, we certainly must share the Good News with all. But if we don’t wait JUST A MOMENT when first meeting someone and listen to the Holy Spirit, and look through the eyes of our souls, we may not see the God-given jewel that is already inside that person, waiting to be invited out into His Light and Saving Grace. We MAY not be physicians coming to the sick, as Our Lord did, but instead just garbage collectors, you know? Pray on this, please.

  9. eof737
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 13:03:00

    I’m finally catching up on blogs! I’ll read/“Like” blog posts, but will comment on other/future posts. Thanks for your patience! 🙂

    • granbee
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 03:25:44

      Fergie, I value your online friendship so much that I have tons of patience for you to catch up. I have been needing to do a lot of that lately, what with the additional time I am spending in outdoor activities this spring! Love all your “likes”!

      • eof737
        Apr 24, 2012 @ 03:28:14

        TY for being so kind… Your blog is nourishing to me and it pains me every day I don’t respond to all the positive feedback I get from others. I do care; I just don’t have enough helping hands. Be blessed! 🙂

        • granbee
          Apr 24, 2012 @ 03:37:23

          Your reply to my reply came just as I as feeling a tad “out of it” for pursuing such a global issue in my critterly journey series. So many other poets get all kinds of pats on the back from bloggers here for either love poems, lost love poems, or nature poems. I do write those from time and time, and will incorporate as segues to this journey narrative poetry series–but I feel this irresistible call to write something that can speak to everyone, everywhere, in all circumstances.

  10. Francina
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 03:02:16

    Thank you for sharing this one, dear Rose!
    Ciao, Francina

    • granbee
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 03:27:07

      So glad you enjoyed this reblogged post of zendictive’s here! You are a blogger who slightly intimidates me, you know–you just seem so professional–and I am trotting to catch up with all you guys who were writing all those years when I was still techie geeking!

  11. bardessdmdenton
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 23:51:53

    Such a lovely wise message in this , Rose. Never judge a book by its cover, eh? Never assume something that looks like nothing much isn’t everything we need and more. Saying that, it didn’t matter that so many of the stones were ‘thrown away’…only that the discovery of the sparkle of truth they held inside was made.

    • granbee
      Apr 25, 2012 @ 01:01:38

      Yes, this is one of my very favorite of zendictive’s posts. We must wait to uncover the sparkle in each person. No prejudgments!

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