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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: Diamond Pearl
By Paul Potenza
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Treasures come from the strangest places.
I called up a friend of mine named Pearl the other day.
I am a guy so calling on the phone is not my idea of a great way to spend time. I am also a telemarketer (please don't shoot me...I PROMISE that I won't call you at dinnertime) which means any time OFF the phone is a vacation to me.
But I knew that she was hurting in her heart so I called Pearl. It turns out that no one else had.
We spent the next hour alternating between anger and laughter.
I am a joker and I love to hear people laugh. She is somber and introspective and likes to get down and dirty. I did something that I don't ordinarily do.
I let Pearl talk.
I'm not saying that I didn't add anything to the conversation. I'm just saying that I let her vent.
Over that hour I found out things about her that I would never have learned any other way. There's something about a phone conversation that lets down all guards. Perhaps it's just the fact that you don't have to stare the other person in the face. Maybe it's the fact that you can be relaxed and say what you want to say because if you start to cry, nobody can tell. You're protected.
So we laughed and we cried and we talked and who knows? Maybe I did her some good. I know that she did me some good. I felt better about myself because I made the attempt. I felt good about myself because I actually had a great time. (Plus I got in some pretty good "one liners".) I felt good because I read in the Bible about treating strangers well because sometimes we greet angels unaware.
I felt good mostly because Pearl had what I needed and I had what she needed and because of this meager attempt on my part, we both got treasure.
And I learned something else.
Treasure doesn't have to sparkle and shine for it to be treasue. A lump of coal is a diamond waiting to be released. A pearl is simply a clam with an irritation. Don't be afraid to dig in to the irritation.
Make the phone call...
You might find a pearl.
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