Diamonds Are Beautiful and So Am I
Known for their beauty and durability, diamonds are one of nature’s most precious stones. We use diamonds to symbolize our relationships and commitments, and we adorn them around our necks and wrists for aesthetic purposes. However, few of us really know how diamonds are obtained. Few of us are aware of the reasons behind a diamond’s high cost.
Diamonds are extracted through a process called mining. In this process, volcanic pipes extort rocks that are buried deep within the earth. These rocks are then taken to sorting areas where they are scrutinized for diamonds. In typical cases, two hundred tons of ore produces a single diamond, and this diamond is not commercial quality. It must be prepared for sell through a tedious and abrasive process.
During the preparation process, the diamond is first cut with a sharp, precise tool. Then, the diamond is rubbed against another diamond in order to become smooth. The diamond used to rub the other diamond will never be sold and is not of the same quality. It is simply an agent used to achieve the sparkle that the diamond needs. Once cut and smoothed, the diamond is placed on a polishing wheel, and soon after, it begins to sparkle. The brightness of the sparkle denotes the precision of the cut.
Needless to say, diamonds are expensive commodities. Many merchants produce lower-quality and fake diamonds to make them more affordable. However, it takes a special person to recognize a diamond’s true quality, and it takes a special person to be able to afford them.
Diamonds are not more valuable than human beings. These stones cannot walk and talk; they cannot think, choose their actions, or love another. So, if we require people to work so hard to obtain diamonds, then why should we give ourselves away freely?
We must realize that our hearts are worth pursuit. We must appraise ourselves and understand that we are still valuable despite the number of times we have been cut and rubbed against others. We must know beyond the shadow of a doubt that our past pains are mere preparations for the beauty that we will one day achieve. At the end of the tunnel, we must know that we will shine brilliantly in the sunlight.
Like many of us, I have been heartbroken before. I invested time, money, and effort into relationships that did not last, and the pain from the heartbreak seemed to overwhelm me. I was so hurt because I felt rejected. I had given so much of myself, and the love was unrequited. At times, I thought I would never recover.
Today, however, I realize my worth. I realize that I am a rare and precious jewel that cannot be duplicated. The painful relationships of the past were simply parts of my preparation process: I had to be cut by people I loved, rubbed by people who I felt were just as kind-hearted as I was, and polished by circumstance. Today, I am happy that I was rejected so many times. I understand that because of my high worth, everyone cannot afford me or acknowledge who I am. The truth is that everyone does not deserve me, and therefore, everyone will not want me. I know it will take a special person to pay the right price for my heart, and I am willing to wait patiently until he proves himself worthy.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to release the pain of yesterday. Forgive people who have hurt you. Realize they were only agents in your process to achieve the sparkle needed to capture the eye of the one who deserves you. Look yourselves in the mirror and tell yourself how fabulous you really are. Above all, know that your worth is not determined by how people treat you. You can throw a diamond in the dirt, but the stone will never lose its value.