"~Diamond In The Rough~"by Wondrous Wordsmith on 04/12/12
I've equated my life at times to that of a diamond; not the brilliant, flawless, luminescent stone that evokes phrases like, "ooooh and ahhhh, this is gorgeous," but the form it was rendered from...the dirty, lumpy, coal-like, ugly portion that could never be considered any part of a diamond until it has been reformed into the lustrous gem we see in various jewelry stores.
Each of us has experienced along our journey, the woes of life, but have kept a positive "finish line" in our view. We have been able to give personal advice to those who have struggled or continue to struggle based on our own personal testaments. These testimonials are what provides us the opportunity to encourage others to be strong in the face of adversity, to take our "coal like" experience and turn it into a resplendent masterpiece for all to enjoy. Whatever your dirty, ugly experience is, rest assured that brilliance and illustriousness...a masterpiece will still come from it.
"The stuff of which masterpieces are made drifts about the world waiting to be clothed in words." - Thornton Wilder, American Dramatist/Playright