A shining example

“He who finds diamonds must grapple in mud and mire because diamonds are not found in polished stones.  They are made.”

~ Henry B. Wilson  

A scattering of "brilliant" cut diam...

A scattering of “brilliant” cut diamonds.

To become something that is brilliant from every angle, from within and without, sometimes you must live a life in the dirtiest place on earth. This place is not a happy place nor is it a comfortable place, yet it is the only place that can crush you into someone that is invincible, beautiful, resilient, and admired. It’s a place that no one would ever choose for themselves to exist in. Living there is difficult, depressing, sad, dark, and often lonely. But if one can endure the elements long enough that this place continually throws at you, then you will surely be something much greater than what you were before you entered. Great people are not born, they are made — just like a stone that over time and through excruciating painful forces becomes a polished gem that is the most cherished of all. To find these kinds of people (the gems), you must look in places that are not so inviting or even easy to find. I know this, because I am one of those people who have endured this place that I speak of, and I am proud to say that I have become a better person from every angle, from within and without, and hopefully for all time. 

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4 responses to “A shining example

  1. I love this concept. What a beautiful thought! I guess I have been right all along thanking life for the obstacles and challenges I have been delivered. Maybe it is all of this that is creating the diamond giving me light.

  2. Whether or not the coal believes it, there’s the potential to become diamond. It’s only a matter of whether they go kicking and screaming into the fire and pressure, or seek it out…

    • Yes, kicking and screaming is what it takes sometimes to rise above the layer of life that is not so beautiful. We all have the potential as you stated, but it is our duty to make the effort to become something beautiful. Thanks for your comment.

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