Clay Aiken: Clay Balls-something to ponder.


Wow, what a dream boat! But I get distracted,
The following story really isn't about Clay Aiken,

jewelled gold

Something to read and ponder.

Clay Balls

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 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 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.

Hope we do not come to the end of life and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

I am so blessed by the gems of friendship I have. Thank you for looking beyond My clay vessel.

Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends, family and all people you love!

Life is too short and friends are too few.

Thanks to luvtigr (Donna in Wi) for this story.


This tale does relate to Clay Aiken after all, as so many haven't taken the time to find the treasures he provides, not only with his music but all the wonderful work he does to help others, especially children.

Only one of them is his program for inclusion. See:

The Bubel/Aiken Foundation - Inclusion the Right Thing To Do

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Thank you Clay and friends, you are all jewels!



CLM said...

Great blog Ashes. I love the story and the pics of Clay Aiken. MWAH!!

SueReu said...

Ashes, what a lovely blog (you made me all teary eyed). I love the story and the truth behind it.

Clay Aiken truly is a treasure and the world is a better place for having known him.

Thank you.

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CCOL4HIM said...

Thanks for visiting my Local Innovations blog and for the nice comment. Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthi

PaulaBear said...

Well you certainly know how to get the attention of Clay Aiken fans with that headline!!! Great story! You never know just by looking on the outside of something what inner beauty it may contain!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story. I think Clay Aiken would agree that it is what is inside that truly counts.


Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your blog, the pics are great. Clay is a gem and happy we can enjoy his talents. You did a awesome job! Thank you~ Donna in Wi.

musicfan said...

Ashes......I loved the story. It is fun, but it tells us so much!!

Again, your blog is full of so many beautiful pictures. It is a treat to visit here.

Carolina Clay said...


Awesome Clay Aiken blog with handsome graphics! Thank you for sharing this special story here.

Thank you for your kind remarks and birthday greetings at the Carolina and OFC blogs.

Have a wonderful weekend!


ImGranny said...

I loved this blog! What a great story! Clay Aiken truly is a gem - inside and outside!

Anonymous said...

That's a great story---definitely one to remember and live by! And I agree with you that Clay Aiken is a gem of a human being!

T said...

Loved the story and the beautiful graphics. Another great blog filled with a very inspiring theme.

Cheers and have a nice weekend.

jbc4clay said...

That is something to ponder.
Thank you for the blog. Clay is a treasure..

Anonymous said...

Hello Ashes,
Thanks for the Clay balls' story. Fortunately for me, I went to the other beaches and found some Clayballs that were washed ashore. It didn't take me long to discover that they are all treasures...and you are certainly one of them. LOL! Thanks to Clay :)
Appreciate your friendship.


Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

I just love this story......everyone should be made to read it.

Of course, those photos of Clay are GREAT!! He is such a cutie.


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