Diamond

“a native crystalline carbon that is the hardest known mineral, that is usually nearly colorless, that when transparent and free from flaws is highly valued as a precious stone”

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Diamond (n.): “early 14th century, from Old French diamant, from Medieval Latin diamantem, from Vulgar Latin adiamantem, from Latin adamantemthe hardest metal.’ Playing card suit is from 1590s; in baseball is American English, 1875.”

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”

Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC, Chinese teacher, political figure, educator, philosopher and founder of the Ru School of Chinese thought.)

Bio Source:

plato.stanford.edu/entries/confucius/

“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.”

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731, English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer, and spy; most known for his novels, Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Daniel-Defoe

“A tooth is much more to be prized than a diamond.”

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright; most known for writing Don Quixote.)

Bio Source:

cervantes.tamu.edu/biography/new_english_cerv_bio.html

“Perhaps time’s definition of coal is the diamond.”

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1930, Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer)

Bio Source:

www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/gibrn.htm

“It’s hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”

Dolly Parton (b. 1946, American singer-songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian)

Bio Source:

dollyparton.com/

“… the river sliding along its banks, darker now than the sky descending a last time to scatter its diamonds into these black waters that contain the day that passed, the night to come.” — Excerpt from the poem “The Mercy”

Philip Levine (1928-2015, Pulitzer Prize winning American poet; best known for writing poems about the blue-color work and workers in industrial Detroit.)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/philip-levine

Meditation

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”

— Confucius

Our souls are undeniably diamonds in the rough, unique in radiance, color, shape, size, density, and cut.  No soul is the same.  But, some of us get side-tracked and seduced into settling for warm, cozy, and illusional boxes of sameness and ennui.

Don’t do it, whatever spiritual path of self-discovery you choose. Do not fall in line to other people’s judgments or expectations of who they surmise you should be.

Consider for a moment the psycho-babbled parts of our world, like North Korea and other narrow-focused and limited-creative countries, that are hyper-examples of uniformity.

Instead bite the bullet and be guided by your soul’s inner knowing, no matter how much you may struggle, suffer, or endure.  Awakening transformational work can be tough sometimes, because the deep drilling tends to destroy your false beliefs and that can be painful, especially if you resist the natural cycles of death and rebirth.  And, yes you may get lost, every now and again, but these journeys of self-mastery will offer an avalanche of unflinchable and awe-inspiring gifts.

If you are true and trust the Wisdom of The Divine and accept your soul as a symbol of an indestructible diamond, the loving universal forces will have your back and unfold a library of infinite understanding of who you are, why you are here, and what is your unique mission.

Rise in Strength and in Love,

Tonya

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