Long time ago, in Egypt, lived a famous mystical person named, Zun-Nun. A young man came to visit him and asked, “Teacher, I do not understand why people like you dress in such a way, so very simple, isnt it in this era that it is necessary to dress neatly, not only for performance but also for other reasons?”

The mystical only smiled and took a ring from one of his fingers, and said “Young friend, I will answer your question, but first do one thing for me, take this ring and go to the the market across this street, see if you can sell this for one chip of gold ?”

The young man looked at Zun-Nun’s dirty ring, the young man become doubtful, “One chip of gold? I am not sure this ring could be sold at that price.”

“Try first, young man, to know you did it .” The Young man went to the market quickly. He offered the ring to the textile, vegetable, meat, fish traders, and the others. The fact is that no body was willing to pay a chip of Gold. He went back to Zun-Nun residence and reported to Zun Nun, “Teacher, no bodies brave to offer more than one chip of silver.”

With a wise smile,  Zun-Nun said, “Now go to the Gold Shop at the back of this street, show this to the owner or to the gold trader. Don’t give your price, just listen how much he will pay for this ring.”

The Young man went to the shop, mentioned and returned with a different expression on his face. He then reported, “Teacher, the traders in the market really don’t know the value of this ring, the gold trader offered for this ring, one thousand pieces of gold, And the value of this ring was one thousand times from what the traders in the market offered.”

Zun Nun just smiled then subtly spoke softly, “That was the answer to your question my friend, Someone cannot be valued only from his dress, The traders in the market give value like that.”

“But not for The gold trader, The gold and Diamond inside, someone can only be seen and valued if you look at the inner soul. It needs heart to see, and it needs process. We cannot see it from the words or attitude that is only seen for a while. Many time what we think is gold, is only a brass.

Gold and Diamond, Author: Unknown

moral: ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ and/or a person by their appearance. The value of a person is not in the way they dress but what is in their heart and soul.

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take pride in your day

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