20 SEC READING: The stone / La piedra

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 hesitation.

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 this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious.

“Teach me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”

story sent by David

———— La Piedra————–

Una mujer sabia que viajaba por las montañas encontró una piedra preciosa en un arroyo.
Al dí­a siguiente se cruzó con otro viajero que estaba hambriento, y la mujer abrió su bolsa para compartir con él su comida.

El viajero hambriento vio la piedra preciosa en la bolsa, se quedó admirado de su belleza y le pidió que se la regalara.
La mujer lo hizo sin dudar.

El viajero partió, alegrándose de su buena suerte. Sabí­a que la joya valí­a lo suficiente como para darle seguridad por el resto de su vida.

Pero a los pocos dí­as regresó en busca de la mujer sabia. Cuando la encontró, le devolvió la piedra.
“He estado pensando” dijo. “Sé cuán valiosa es esta piedra, pero se la devuelvo con la esperanza de que pueda obsequiarme algo mucho más precioso.”

“Deme lo que hay en su interior que le permitió regalarme la piedra”

trad: Karem Molina Escobar


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  1. Pedro Antunes says:

    Loved it, my favorite writer off all times!

  2. Robert says:

    The pursuit of wealth is driven by a desire to be happy, fulfilled, content. To learn contentment in any circumstance eradicates the desire to pursue material wealth as a source of fulfillment.
    The wise woman knew this and therefore valued the stone only because it looked pretty.

  3. Ane says:

    Gracias Paulo,por compartir con nosotros grandes historias y si no cabe duda q es ás precioso tu ser interior, que todo el dinero del mundo.
    Saludos, cuidate Amigo.

    1. angeles says:

      Grax por presentarlos en español, no les cuesta nada.
      Deseando sigan tomando en cuenta a los que hablamos español.

  4. asma says:

    she has charity…and it can’t be given or taken but it can be found somewhere iside of you…and it’s up to you to look for it ……..or not!

  5. Esther says:

    About two weeks ago, I gave what seemed to be a homeless woman $5. As I started to walk away from her a woman watching told me that the homeless woman was a fraud. That a news team followed her and found out that she lived in a spacious apartment in a lovely neighborhood. She advised me not to give people who are homeless money, but to donate to organizations who help them. I felt like a stupid sucker, but after reading this, I feel much better.

  6. Gargi says:

    I know someone who keeps on buying new things– use them once or twice and pass them on to the less fortunate with a smug smirk– do you think this is charity??
    so giving is not always great.. it’s only when we give away something that we hold dear to our hearts that it can be considered as an act of greatness!! The characters in this story represent greatness– and that is what we should all celebrate –the greatness inherent in all humanbeings…
    (the inherent Buddha nature in all mankind..) we should evoke this spirit in us–though its tough.. yet the knowledge of goodness can be the 1st step and acting upon it becomes then easy!
    The lady in this story showed an example of greatness by an act of kindness and by that act sowed the seeds of greatness in the receiver too who acted upon that too!!
    it’s like one human revolution can change the world..
    Paulo Coelho just did one by publishing such a nice story..

  7. enass says:

    great story i like it so much.thank you mr. david and mr.paulo
    really the ability to give is more importan than the gain which you will get from the thing you will get
    i hope to have this ability for my whole life

  8. Kamana says:

    Awww…. The man saw the importance..

  9. fernanda says:

    Que importante es desprenderse de los bienes materiales eso no lo puede hacer cualquiera, pero en esta historia tambien hay q rescatar al hombre q regresa en busqueda de algo mucho mas valioso q eso, algo mas valioso q el tesoro mas grande o la piedra mas preciosa, y que talvez no es tangible ni posible de regalar si la persona no esta dispuesta a aprender y a reconocer!
    Cuanto daria por tener la sabiduria de los dos personajes de esta historia.
    Gracias por la reflexion!

  10. Sandrita says:

    Gracias Paulo, con tus frases llenas nuestro espiritu, con tus palabras nos distreas (en el buen sentido de la palabra), con tus historias nos das enseñanzas para este mundo cada vez mas materialista.

  11. Marietta says:

    The story has a symbolic meaning. Wellfare does not bring happy life if your heart is filled with emptiness.

  12. Jana says:

    This simply is wonderful…thank you

  13. magdalena says:

    siempre que necesito un consejo una ayuda recurro a sus libros,admiro la grandeza de su alma y su paz. la que me ayuda a superar dolores que ultimamente he tenido que vivir, gracias por todo.que dios siempre este con usted

  14. zahira says:

    excelente enseñanza, ya que no hay joya mas valiosa que lo que uno tiene por dentro y refleja como ser humano.

  15. muy hermosa la historia ( La Piedra)un momento de reflexión sobre todos los aspectos de la vida y lo q deseamos de ella

  16. muy hermosa la historia un momento de reflexión