Thursday, March 6, 2014

The tale of the Oyster

There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain,
But it gave him great pain. For oysters have feelings
Although they're so plain

Now, did he berate
The harsh workings of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should
Have given him protection?

No- he said to himself
As he lay on a shell
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.
Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny - stew.

And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.
Now the tale has a moral;
For isn't it grand
What an oyster can do
With a morsel of sand?

What couldn't we do
If we'd only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.
       - Author Unknown

This is a tale I can remember my mother telling me when I was younger that I've always loved. When I'm going through particularly trying times I try to be like the oyster and try to improve when I cannot remove. Wouldn't it be fabulous if we could all have such great positive attitudes like the oyster.

Most girls love wearing pearls because they're classic with understated elegance, but I really think my love of pearls comes from this story. When I wear my favorite strands I remember that something so beautiful started as just an irritation. Pearls are a great reminder that with the right attitude all things can and will improve.

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  1. I love this.....what a great reminder to all of us. Thanks for linking up with Ashley and I!

  2. I love this. I can't think of a truer metaphor >> basically the same as taking lemons and turning them into lemonade. Just love this positive post :)


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