In The Mirror

by Sherry Riter in Lessons of Life

What do marbles, fingerprints and snowflakes have in common?



They are all unique, different, unrepeatable and unequaled.


Today you are You,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is Youer than You.

~Dr. Seuss~

This is a short story I received in an email…

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 twenty or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him.

He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe fifty or sixty 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.

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy, but we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Can you see the beauty within? Do you appreciate your value and unique qualities? Reflect on your qualities and embrace them. If you see things you don’t like, change them. Appreciate the beauty within because there will never be another you.

vase reflecting in a mirror


A human being is a single being.
Unique and unrepeatable.

~Eileen Caddy~

Hold your chin up proudly today.


The Redhead Riter


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alicia June 19, 2009 at 6:36 am

Sometimes it's so easy to judge a book by it's cover…sadly to say. But thanks for the post. I happen to like me..and I'm ok with me =)… it's nice to remember that.


2 FROGGITY! June 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

great post!! thanks so much for stopping by my blog. i am enjoying yours!


3 Grand Pooba June 19, 2009 at 5:27 pm

What a great message! I've never heard that story before, I'll have to pass it on.


4 Equidae June 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

what a wonderful post…we judge too quickly and stubbornly take time to change our minds…this post we should keep it in our minds


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