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Updated on February 18, 2011
Conch Shell   Photo by Stephan
Conch Shell Photo by Stephan


We were walking along the Beach the other day, paying our respects to the Ocean. We walked along in silence for awhile...Breaking through with words every now and then. Feeling comfortable with just the sounds of the Ocean and the Birds calling as they searched for their next meal.

As we walked along we were amused by a group of Seagulls, that seemed to form a line as if waiting for us to snap their picture...with their backs to the sea...However, we had forgotten the camera...But still the scene was "snapped" in our minds, and it made us smile and laugh.

As we walked along talking about this and that, I looked down to discover what looked like a perfect Conch Shell...It was gleaming in the Sun, wet from the incoming tide. I quickly picked it up before it could be washed back out to sea. It was a beautiful treasure to find. LoverMan said, "put it to your ear and you will hear the ocean"...I did, and I could, it was wonderful.

"It's not perfect you know" he said, as I gave it to him to listen. He turned it over to show me, a midsize hole on the other side, as he handed it back to me. I flipped it over and saw the jagged edge, my fingers running back and forth along it. My perfect find, was not perfect, it was flawed...But not to me.

The beginning of the day had been flawed, by a young man's passing before his time, who would be exchanging his "Flawed outer Shell, for a Healthy Inner One" in the Haven's above.

Outer Shells are's what the world sees and sometimes cruelly judges us on...or not, only seeing the beauty...But it's still what's inside that says who we really are...

How's your Inner Shell treating you, and the world today?


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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Teaches12345, I'm so glad you Enjoyed my Thoughts...I will always feel this way...about the inner self vs the outer shell that the world gets to see, and sometimes sadly, judges too quickly.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I will never look at one of these shells in the same way again. A great thought on what really counts in life. Our inner self does prove to guide our outer life. Beautiful thoughts.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Hi Rachel, thanks for stopping by to read one of my older Hubs...It still has a lot of meaning to me, and it's almost a year old...We are always trying to improve ourselves, whether it's through our everyday lives or our writings.

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Oh I love how you described inner and outer judgment / reflection! MMWAH!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments and thoughts...Yes, the sounds do link us to somewhere else, whatever we imagine, we hear...and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by AliciaC. I so enjoyed reading your article on the subject of Conch Shells...Our minds were in the same direction.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of writing. It’s a lovely reminder of what’s important in our lives.

      I’ve enjoyed “listening” to seashells since my childhood – to me, the sound seems like a link to another world.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Minnetonka Twin, Thanks so much for your wonderful comments and insight, so appreciated.

      Dear Pixienot, I'm so glad that you enjoyed, and I so "thank you" for you comments, and your "Inner Shell" is shining through!

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Dear b,

      I knew there must be something special you had to say and you did not disappoint me.

      I am evaluating my outer shell, but praying for my inner shell to shine through, when it is worthy.

      Thank you for reminding us, in an ever so beautiful way what really matters!

      Voted up and Beautiful!

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      What a beautiful piece of writing that has such a poetic moral to it. It is the flawed that is beautiful as perfect really is in the eye of the beholder. Being who we really are and being true to ourselves is beautiful not what our outer shell looks like. Great food for thought in todays society.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Oh, thank you Fossillady, you humble me with your lovely comments.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh I just love, love this sweet short story. You reflect the inner beauty for us to learn from! Lot's of plus votes!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Karanda, thanks for searching you own thoughts, after reading my Hub...So glad you liked this Piece.

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      These are beautiful sentiments that made me think a little deeper about how I see the world. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Breakfastpops, Thank you. You are so right about Society and where values are placed, but hopefully in time, that will change.

      Cheryl, Thank you my dear friend for your comments, and for stopping by.

      Colin, and I hope my Inner as well...LOL. Thanks.

      Fiddleman, thank you for the "Wow" it means a lot, glad you liked this one!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thanks WillStarr, I guess I've always looked at it that way.

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Wow! This is deep and what a great thought.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .....well when I want to get closer to my inner shell I come here to listen and learn from your outer shell .....

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Yes dear Barbara, so very true, all of it. Very fine piece, thank u* my dear friend.

      Love & Peace Always,

      Mother Lightning


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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Wonderful piece of writing. I have always treasured the inner shell in people, but our society places all it's focus and value on the outer shell. What a shame.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I never thought of it that way, but you're right!

      Thoughtful Hub.