Diamonds Come From Dirt Under Pressure

[Diamonds Do Not Start Life as a Thing of Great Beauty]

Diamonds Do Not Start Life as a Thing of Great Beauty

When I was studying at university we used to jokingly call ourselves Exspurts:

  • Ex is a has-been
  • Spurt is water under pressure

Since that time I have noticed that perhaps being an Exspurt is no bad thing 🙂

Let me try to explain my line of thinking for today:

When we look at a diamond ring, pendant or earring we see the finished article: beautiful, shining, valuable.

However, it is all-too-easy to forget how the diamond started; as dirt, maybe even as ash from a fire.

  • Over many many years, that dirt was put under great pressure until it was transformed into a piece of stone
  • That piece of stone was then discovered, usually by someone digging or mining
  • It was washed, roughly cut into smaller pieces, rubbed against another diamond (bruting) to produce a rounded shape, finely cut & finally polished before being mounted into its desired setting

This is a long, involved process requiring time, patience, expertise & great care.

Sometimes we are tempted to look at people we think of as a role model & we only see the finished article.  We don’t see the years of hard work, perhaps hardship, pain, frustration; whatever.

It is a well-known fact that J. K. Rowling was pretty destitute at the point where her book about a wizard was accepted, published & became one of the biggest worldwide brands (Harry Potter). It is too tempting to see where she is now & forget the pain, hardship & risk on her road to success.

J. K. Rowling was, like many of us, an ordinary person with a passion for what she does & a determination to find an opening. She didn’t just appear as a diamond; she started as something much less obvious or appealing.

The people who have influenced me most are often those who are relatively unknown to the rest of the world.  They may be a friend, an acquaintance, someone introduced by a friend. They may not be the finished article but there is something beautiful about their manner, smile, contentment, determination etc.

There is something special about their story.

Most started as dirt; many had reached the end of their patience, self-respect or sense of value. But they were transformed over time into something of great value & intrinsic beauty through life’s knocks & challenges, even life’s tragedies, with the help of friends who stuck by them & found help when it was needed.

Important people are not necessarily those born into high estate, wealth, fame or position of importance. They are people, like you & me, who take what they are & allow it to be changed into something special. Rarely do such people seek high-profile or publicity. However, once people know about them or meet them, they cannot help but be challenged & changed.

So, the next time you think of yourself as dirt or insignificant or without value or without direction remember our friend the diamond & be encouraged. 

There IS hope for us all 🙂

Until next time …

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About waywood

Hi & Welcome to my thoughts. I share subjects that are important to me. As you’ll notice, these subjects can be quite broad & varied. I like variety; I like breadth & I like a challenge. I am passionate about helping others overcome their fears, grow in confidence & succeed. Although many people would label me as an achiever, I have battled low confidence, low self-esteem & a couple of nasty, long periods depression over the years. I can’t say, “I know how you feel” but I can hopefully empathise & offer some of the things that are helping me to turn my life around. Please feel free to comment, share & enjoy. Take care, best wishes & keep well Stuart
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