Originally posted by FlyersFan
Originally posted by catwhoknows
I am trying to get younger members into that thought.
Okay. Excuse my grumpyness. Just wanted to point that out.
I get SOOOOO tired of hearing 'it's all attitude' from so called 'friends' who just don't get it.
But you are doing a service for the healthy folks so .... have at it.
I have a friend who is dealing with MS, and it's just advanced on her and become chronic. She asked me to tell her my diamonds story again, so I did.
She loves that analogy because it helps her see the value in her torment. Here it is, for what it's worth...
The difference between a flawless diamond and a lump of dirty coal is stress. And when I say stress, I mean [[stress]]. Enormous heat and pressure
for millions of years. The kind of abuse that turned lesser pockets of rotting matter into shale oil and whatever else might’ve become of the
targets of this magnificent confluence of existential violence. Even coal was crushed and abused, but not to this extreme level. In fact, there’s
not much in existence on this planet that’s been the recipient of so much dedicated fury, and over such a long period of time. And in the end, look
at what’s become of that pocket of rotting matter. If properly cut and fashioned, it can be literally priceless. A thing of legend.
A lump of coal? Not so much. Then again, it didn’t pay the price that the diamond paid, so it all balances out in the end. And about that shale
oil, and other fragments of what’s left of the pocket that didn’t survive? Not every-thing survives that kind of heat and pressure, and that’s
what makes a flawless diamond so valuable. It survived and became the epitome of dazzling eternity to a world that worships the eternal. It won, but
it didn’t win alone. If not for the relentless heat and pressure… Well, it owes a lot to that heat and pressure. It owes everything to that
heat and pressure. Without that stress, it’d be coal – if it was lucky.
The quality of a human being is developed in a similar manner. Even the corporeal body – the support system for the Intellect’s generation unit
– responds positively to physical stress and resistance. We call it exercise, and no other machine besides the corporeal body responds to use with
Bad things develop in the lives of people. All people. Some people are crushed by them, some people endure them, and some people overcome them. Most
people respond to them in all three manners, and they become stronger, better and more valuable as a result. Even so, only a few will be given the
opportunity to become priceless as a result of raw circumstance bringing the level of terrible required for such transcendence. That level of bad is
rare, and if a person is never presented with it... Well, the coal might've survived to become a diamond if it'd been given the chance. I mean, it
Too late to know, though. Makes you wonder if - as it got tossed into the furnace - it might've regretted the easy time it had of things. Relatively
speaking, of course. Then again, it's not like coal thinks about stuff like that.
edit on 9/19/2010 by NorEaster because: (no reason given)