By Rosie Moore

I recently got a book out of my home library. It is an older book, published in 1979 and written by Victoria Holt. I read it in 1980 and the title intrigued me, made me want to read it again. “The Spring of the Tiger” is the mysterious title. In it I came across a couple of chapters concerning oyster fisheries. I learned a few amazing facts.

Oyster farming is an aquaculture practice in which oysters are bred and raised mainly for their pearls, shells, and inner organ tissue, which is eaten. Oyster farming was practiced by the ancient Romans as early as the 1st Century. The process of an oyster developing a pearl is very intricate and complicated. It is hard to imagine the good Lord Almighty establishing such a miracle process, but, when it comes to human beings, and also nature, God’s way is insurmountable.

Nature is wonderful. Some foreign substance is formed in the shell of the oyster. It becomes an irritation and the oyster is provided with a sort of secretion with which it can cover the troublesome object so that it becomes encysted, and this happens to be the lustrous substance which we call “pearl”.

Pearls are not the only brilliant objects that can surround our body. There are real pearls of wisdom that come from our mouths. Then there are the words that flow from our mouths that hurt, humiliate, and cause many hard feelings. Let me share some pearls of wisdom with you. They are succinct,  insightful sayings, pieces of advice or moral concepts.

Mean people don’t bother me a bit. Mean people who disguise themselves as nice people  bother me a whole lot.

Peace cannot be attained through violence. It takes understanding. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Study nature. Love nature. Stay close to nature. It will never fail you. Frank Lloyd Wright

Train your mind to see the good in everything.

Four pearls of wisdom to illuminate your soul. Pass them on to others to prepare a beautiful necklace for them.

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