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There is an ancient Scottish legend - a shepherd boy tending a small flock of sheep on the side of a mountain. One day as he cared for his sheep he saw at his feet a beautiful flower -- one that was more beautiful than any he had ever seen in his life. He knelt down upon his knees and scooped the flower in his hands and held it close to his eyes. As he held the flower close to his face, suddenly he heard a noise and looked up. There he saw a great stone mountain opening up right before his eyes. And there inside the mountain, he saw the sprinkling of the beautiful gems and precious metals that it contained.

With the flower in his hands, he walked inside. He laid the flower down, & began to gather all the gold and silver and precious gems he could in his arms. Finally with all that his arms could carry, he turned and began to walk out of that great cavern, and suddenly a voice said to him, "Don’t forget the best."

Thinking that perhaps he had overlooked some choice piece of treasure, he turned around – put down a few of the gems - and picked up other pieces of treasure that caught his eye. Then, with his arms literally overflowing with wealth, he turned to walk back out of the great mountainous vault. And again the voice said, "Don’t forget the best."

But by that time his arms were filled and he walked on outside, and all of a sudden he heard a great noise. He looked around in time to see the great stone mountain closing its doors again. A third time he heard the voice, and this time the voice said, "You forgot the best. For the flower was the key to the vault of the Mountain."

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