DIAMONDS!!! Did I catch your attention? I mean… they are a girl’s best friend! What’s interesting about diamonds is that you will not find them hanging out on top of the earth’s surface. Typically, they are buried miles deep and the dark carbon that forms the diamonds surrounds them in nature and acts as a great camouflage.
These beautiful jewels are one of the strongest nonmetallic materials our earth offers. Explains why most engagement/wedding rings consist of diamonds, because they really do last forever. If I took you on a mine for diamonds and you had no clue that a lump of carbon could offer more than just a black unappealing object, what would you say?
Some may say, “highly doubtful” or, “go ahead and give it a shot!” So, why don’t we give it a shot, let’s go mining!
This will look a little different than a typical hunt for diamonds, but it shares the same concept. You are going to take a moment and go mining into your own situations and experiences.
I challenge you today to consider when a dark situation occurs or has happened in your life, how well have you mined it? Have you stopped at the surface of the dark layer, or can you dig a little deeper to find the beautiful and powerful diamond inside?
I will share a quick personal story to provide you an example of our power within, and how easily we focus on the dark. Yes, myself included. I was raised by a single mother, it was me, my twin, and my mom. Throughout my life I longed for a dad that would care and be apart of our lives. And for most of my life I always found the ugly dark carbon. In other words, I had the case of the “woe is me,” and I continued feeling unworthy and not good enough for most of my life.
One day I decided to go mining and really began digging deep. I found one of many gifts to be uncovered. One was a big shiny gem called gratitude. Under all the ugly layers I typically focused on, I was missing the true beauty of my life’s design. I was focusing on the absence instead of seeing the greatness I became from my upbringing.
I am a strong willed, empathetic, passionate person. I take little for granted. I love extremely big. I have discipline and endurance. I have an open mind that allows me to see things through a non-judgmental lens.
I share this story with you because we all have a dark area of our lives, however, if we take just a little time and allow ourselves to dig deeper in search for the beauty within the darkness, you will find a gift for you waiting to be discovered and embraced.
What is an area in your life, that when you reflect on it, all you have allowed yourself to do is embrace the dark and negative component of the situation? It is never too late to reflect, and shape up that dark area in your life so that it can truly become a shining light for you.
Challenge yourself to dig deep and reflect. If you find your outcome is still pointing a finger or leading you to put your dukes up, sorry, but there is still work to be done, dig some more. You have the power to shine bright and the choice to only see the dark. What will you choose?
When you take the time to reflect, allow the space needed to observe your dark thoughts, feelings, and actions. Write them down. Paint them. Visualize them. Dream them. Feel them.
Now that you have them, start mining. Cut through each layer. What happens next? Look at you… you will find that big shining diamond amongst all the dark. Beautiful, just the way you are.