Posted: October 16, 2013 in World On The Edge

file2821242488232When I go through situations that I don’t choose and don’t want to go through, I picture the end result as the shine on a diamond.

Our life is a process. Each of us undergoes pressure, and stress. Each of us must take on the heat of learning to live in a very flawed world. But our suffering is often a polishing. If we do it right, we can shine, we can sparkle like a diamond.

Natural diamonds are precious and expensive because of how and where they are formed–at extremely high temperature and pressure, and at depths of 87 to 120 miles deep in the Earth’s mantle. Using carbon-containing minerals, the time period in which they develop ranges from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years. Diamonds are brought close to the Earth′s surface through deep volcanic eruptions by a magma, which then cools into rocks.

That sounds very complicated and intense, doesn’t it? Just like our own lives sometimes are.

If we want a life that shines like a diamond, we have to remember that LIFE IS A PROCESS in capital letters. We may have distances between us at times. We may be bombarded by life’s eruptions–diseases of the body and mind, the financial strain of daily providing for ourselves and our families, grief, loss, and worry over the waywardness, or even the death of a loved one. In these difficult situations, we are like diamonds forming. We are deep within a dark Earth. Yet we can rise.

We can sparkle.

And we can shine.

It’s up to us.

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