"It is by going down into the abyss 
that we recover the treasures of life. 
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure."
Joseph Campbell


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 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 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 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 thousands of dollars 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, 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 but we have not 
taken the time to find the treasure 
hidden inside that person. 
There is a treasure in each 
and every one of us.
~Author Unknown

What if, we were to believe that
"there is a treasure in each 
and every one of us.??????????????"
What if, we choose to look only 
for the treasures hidden deep within 
ourselves and others ?????
What if, we could take it 
a step further....and trust 
that everything that comes our way....
even the challenges that test us...
to our very limits and beyond.......
are embedded with treasures 
we fail to see ????????????
Hereafter, I choose to learn 
to look beyond the obvious.....
even if it looks like a dry clay ball......
to find the treasure within :)
The gem could well be 
an opportunity to learn and grow:)