Wise Woman’s Stone
A wise woman traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him food and shelter for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious.
“Teach me what you have within you, wise woman, that enabled you to give me the gem.”
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What a moving story Tony! Thank you for the Thoreau quote as well. I do appreciate the wisdom I access so easily in your website.