Giving Thanks!

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains
found a precious stone in a stream. The next day
she met another traveler who was hungry, and the
wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The
hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked
the woman to give it to him. She did so without

The traveler left, rejoicing in his
good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough
to give him security for a lifetime. But a few
days later he came back to return the stone to the
wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how
valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the
hope that you can give me something even more
precious. Give me what you have within you that
enabled you to give me the stone.”


I have heard many versions of this beautiful Zen
story.  There are so many lessons to learn from
one simple tale.

I watch my kids fighting over their toys, when
‘NO’ seems so much more natural for them than
‘let’s share’. 

I get that it’s so much easier to grumble and
complain rather than appreciate and celebrate.

Like everyone else, I worry about the financial,
political and security scares all around us.  And
sometimes it’s overwhelming.

And then I wonder about that precious stone.
Where do you find such a thing?  If I found it,
would I be able to give it away with such grace
and flow?  Would I be confident that it will come

For me, the river is the journey of life.  We
find many precious stones during this journey.
They may not look precious, they may seem to be
just plain old pebbles but if we look closely, if
we pay attention and take the time to pick up the
stones and shine them, we can see that they are
precious beyond all, they are priceless.

And they do not belong to us.  We just look after
them for a while.  They come and go as life takes
all kinds of twists and turns. 

All we can do is enjoy the beauty when it is in
our hands and in our lives, and let it go when we
have to.

These are moments of grace.  Moments of gratitude
and, as we focus on them, we manifest more of the

In this week of thanksgiving, for those parts of
the world that celebrate this lovely tradition, I
want to give thanks.

I want to thank those precious stones that I have
been honored to hold in my arms and in my life; my
loved ones, family and friends, my home and the

Stories have always been my precious stones.
Sometimes they stay with me for months and years,
sometimes they are fleeting.  They are the
greatest and most humble of teachers, the most
inspiring and heart-warming support. 

And thank you to my colleagues and clients who
have honored me my telling me their stories.  You
are the most precious of stones!

Best wishes and best stories

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12 comments on “Giving Thanks!

  1. Thanks Lisa for this lovely story! I take the liberty of passing it on in the future. I immediately saw it’s use for someone I know. I do like the symbolism of precious stones…there are so many angles they fit in.
    You also have such a colorful, expressive and vivid language. It always makes me sigh of happiness (an envy, yes!) and put a big smile of gratitude on my face. I take in and learn hopefully, every day 🙂

  2. Hi
    I once had an opportunity to volunteer at a not-for-profit organization raising funds for people with spine damages. There I met a woman who worked so hard part- time for no money and also had a second part time work with pay. What touched me was when she also mentioned that her husband is also living with spine damage and she looks after him at home. I could not help but ask then why don’t you go home to him now rather than volunteering at this centre? She says quietly so that she feels she has done the best she can to help her husband, once she pass away karma will see to it that he is looked after properly as they do not have any other relatives to help.
    I do believe doing good for others will bring good fortune to you or your loved ones, at times in mysterious ways. Nicole

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