A wise woman was traveling in the mountains when she found a precious stone in a stream.
The following day she met another traveler on the road who was hungry. The wise woman opened her bag to share her food with the traveler. When the hungry traveler saw the precious stone, he asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler parted ways with the wise woman rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. A few days later, however, he had second thoughts, so 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. Please give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone.”