while walking down a stony path one day I spotted a tiny pebble in the midst of the stones and knelt to pick it up. I quickly glanced at it and put it in my pocket moving on down the path.
A few weeks later I was sitting on a bench in the yard just relaxing and I reached into my coat pocket and found the small stone I had picked up that day. Turning it over and really looking at it I saw that It was so beautiful to my eyes. Smooth and translucent with colors of Opal and fire running through it.
I sat there and enjoyed the beauty of that tiny stone. Funny, if I had not stopped to pick it up what a pleasure I would have missed. Oh, maybe it was just a small stone with no special value but at the moment I finally looked at it I was blessed. Friends are that way! When we stop to take the time to invest we reap the rewards latter.
I bring out that tiny stone every once in a while. I am still mesmerized by the beauty of that tiny stone.
It reminds me of the things in life that are most important. Friends! And You!

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Comment by Ann Schuler on July 23, 2021 at 8:46am

The best things in life.....

Comment by Maureen C. Rector on August 23, 2010 at 9:05pm
Beautifully said. Kudos for your observations and sharing. No matter how many times, or in many ways said, the message is there. Stop and smell those roses.
Comment by Justin Lewis on August 19, 2010 at 7:31pm
Great story Chief...it's nice to slow down once in a while!
Comment by Aramis on August 17, 2010 at 11:03pm
i can relate..i am a people person and instinctively psych people i just met assessing whether they'd be friends , and i 'invest time' in order to know them personally so they may also have a chance to get to know me - i got few true friends but i don't have foe's either. it's just a mater of groupings within a group, like being in the same level of thinking, know what i mean..
Comment by Gale W. Jordan on February 20, 2010 at 10:20am
Hey Chief, Yes its amazing what we find by happen stance then go back to it and find the Beauty in some thing Small that God has placed in your hand to enjoy!!! I to am a rider, I bought a 900 Kawa in 1974 ,i keep it and had not rode it for 21 yrs!!! I was finally SHAMED enough by some friends and an old friend I had not seen for 13yrs. He's a member of the C.M.A. ( Christian MotorCycle Assn. here in N.W. Ohio. SOO, after a lot of work and "elbow grease", I got it running and still has the Snap that it always had!!! So, Like you said,You never know what's going wake you up to what's around you just setting there!!!!
All of you Stay Safe and may Our Lord Watch over you to keep you safe!!!
Thanks for the membership and Brotherhood!!!!!
Gale Jordan Capt. Antwerp Vol. Fire Dept.
Comment by Brian Dumser on May 23, 2009 at 5:24pm
Sometimes in our busy lives we forget to "stop and smell" the roses as it were.

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