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Lessons from an Oyster



There once was an oyster
whose story I tell,
who found that some sand
had got into his shell.


It was only a grain,
but it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
although they're so plain.


Now, did he berate
the harsh workings of fate
that had brought him
to such a deplorable state?


Did he curse at the government,
cry for election,
and claim that the sea should
have given him protection?


'No,' he said to himself
as he lay on a shell,
since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.


Now the years have rolled around,
as the years always do,
and he came to his ultimate
destiny ­ stew.


And the small grain of sand
that had bothered him so
was a beautiful pearl
all richly aglow.


Now the tale has a moral,
for isn't it grand
what an oyster can do
with a morsel of sand?


What couldn't we do
if we'd only begin
with some of the things
that get under our skin.


Author Unknown

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