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Turning Scars into Art: People Skills

By Shawnaschuh
Nearly octahedral diamond crystal in matrix.

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I found this story in one of my files, it’s a great reminder that when we continue to seek we find – and isn’t seeking in itself a hopeful pursuit?


The story is told of a king who owned a valuable diamond, one of the most perfect and rare in the world. One day the diamond fell, and a deep scratch marred its face.


The king summoned the best diamond experts in the land to correct the blemish, but they all agreed they could not remove the scratch without cutting away a good part of the surface, thus reducing the weight and value of the diamond.


Finally, one expert appeared and assured him that he could fix the diamond without reducing its value. His confidence was convincing, and the king gave the diamond to the man.


In a few days, the artisan returned the diamond to the king, who was amazed to find that the ugly scratch was gone, and in its place, a beautiful rose was etched.


The former scratch had become the stem of an exquisite flower!


Any mistake we make in life may temporarily mar our reputation or our spirits. It can throw us into despair if we let it.


However – with hope and action and when we stick to what we know is right – we can turn our scars into art – which will benefit the world!


Friday Funny: Beautiful Choir

It was visitors’ day at the lunatic asylum. All the patients were standing out in the courtyard and singing, “Ave Maria”, and singing it beautifully. Oddly, each of them was holding a red apple in one hand and tapping it rhythmically with a pencil.

A visitor listened in wonderment to the performance and then approached the conductor. “I am a retired choir director,” he said. “This is one of the best choirs I have ever heard.”

“Yes, I’m very proud of them,” said the conductor.

“You should take them on tour,” said the visitor, “what are they called?”

“In the beginning this was a big problem. One inmate wanted to call them the “Big Apple with Little Brown Seeds Singing Sons of Siam”. But I said it was too long and, anyway, none of them were from Siam. Then, another thought “The Pencil Leads” was a good name but the others disagreed because they had no one to write to.”

“Well,” the visitor asked, “What name did they finally agree on?”

“Surely that’s obvious,” replied the conductor. “They all agreed to call themselves”…are you ready for this?…



You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!

Go make it a Magnificent Day and Magnificent weekend!


Blessings, Shawna

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