Precious jewels look so beautiful, untouched by the external forces of life. Their history unknown, and possibly not discussed when glaring, as we window shop. We think, forget the past. History is a mystery, leave it that way. Yet without the story we forget the glory. Then we judge by what we see without knowing how the cover came to be.
Diamonds and pearls are the heart of a girl who can’t wait to be fashioned as she wears these most precious jewels. Yet, each of these stones overcame circumstances of extreme pressure to be formed into the brilliance they possess. Diamonds and pearls take years to form. For example, oysters develop pearls as a result of a reaction from a shell, bone, coral or a parasite that has invaded them and irritates their soft tissue, causing the oyster to produce secretions called “nacre” which begins to surround the foreign object and over time, which can be anywhere between one to twenty years these nacre layers build around the irritant and forms what we see. A beautiful pearl. Now natural diamonds (not the man made ones) endure very high temperatures and pressure at depths of 87 to 118 miles in the Earth’s surface. Diamonds are brought close to the earth through deep volcanic eruptions. This pressure combining earthly chemical emulsions bring forth brilliance that we go to the jewelry store to purchase. Amazingly the end results, or the effect, of what is seen does not detail the immense pain of the experience it took to form. And this is life. While we say, don’t judge a book by its cover, but we do, we really shouldn’t. The story of one’s success or lack there of cannot be assumed as we dont know their story. I mean life is hard and it can be cruel, just down right mean at times. Every step in the right direction can sometimes take you two steps back. But do not be deterred or dismayed by its pressures. We must become like the elements of beauty seen in diamonds and pearls. Refined for beauty.
To do this you must surround yourself with positive motivation (self nacre) to constantly have the Yes I Can spirit. Then with positive people who will serve as the external nacre of life, engulfing you, and often helping you to achieve an desired end. Set goals, the higher the better, to make that pressure form so you can dig deep and then project high to allow the crytalizstion of life to bring forth your brilliance. No one ever said it would be easy, but it will be worth it.
We all are diamonds and pearls in the rough of life. Being formed on the potters wheel. And with each crack, each breakdown, each tear, and tear; each lonely night; every addiction, every moment you feel rejection, and all the pressures to be somebody, to be accepted in a world that seemingly does not care or have compassion, know that YOU are made with purpose. You are designed by the Master Potter, God, who said, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Nothing can come into your life that isn’t a part of the bigger picture. And while we don’t see the reasons why, we must know that God is in charge, there’s a plan for your life to crystallize and become the precious brilliance God planned. Kintsugi.
Extra Food for thought: We must learn to value our broken pieces, Kintsugi.
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