Once a man
read some interesting facts and secrets about a stone called Touch Stone in
a vedic book. It was mentioned there that - The touchstone was a small
pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing
explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles
that looked exactly alike at the banks of Ghandaki River in
Nepal. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while
ordinary pebbles are cold.
So the man sold
his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the banks of river
Ghandaki, and began testing pebbles.
He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because
they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he
felt one that was cold, he threw it into the river. He spent a whole day doing
this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick
up a pebble. Cold - throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the
The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about
midafternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea
before he realised what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of
throwing each pebble into the river that when the one he wanted came along, he
still threw it away.
So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it's asy to fail to recognise
an opportunity when it is in hand and it's just as easy to throw it away.