It does not matter what we look like much on the outside; it is what is
on the inside that counts most. If we could look into each other's
hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think
we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience,
tolerance, and care.
Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are
It is easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their
present and their past, but we would be amazed at the pain and tears a
single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny
facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often than not, it is
lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of
their soul. Never judge, learn to respect and acknowledge the feelings
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 did
not 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
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 them away!
Nothing is nicer than having someone who… appreciates us in
the smallest things, accepts, us in times of hardships,
comforts us when we are troubled, loves us no matter what
and is simply happy for having us in one's life.
It is like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves,
and we see the external clay vessel. It does not look like much from
the outside. It is not always beautiful nor sparkling, so we discount it.
We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful,
stylish, 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 and every one of us. If we take the time
to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the
way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant
gem begins to shine forth.
May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have
thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in
bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them. Let's
appreciate every single thing we have, especially our friends. Life is
too short and friends do not come easily.
By Tim Pedrosa
Our lives are not determined by what happens to
us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings
to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude
causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and
outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary