The Value of Pressure…

It all started with this quote via The Daily Love: “No pressure, no diamonds.” – Mary Case

Hip Hop made this natural resource a symbol of beauty for women and a symbol of wealth. We’ve all heard that “diamonds” are a girl’s best friend and many women wait for the day that they will have “the rock” slid on the left hand. We covet them and we claim to be them, but what does that really mean? According to Wikipedia:  

“Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 140 to 190 kilometers (87 to 120 mi) in the Earth mantle.”

Because of my background, I’ve been called “a diamond in the rough.” If I were to tell you my life story – you’d understand why. Most things and most people crack under pressure. Pressure can cause us to burst into tears, back down from a barking female dog or male mut, or disappear. In most situations when I’m under pressure – I evolve into a something else. I develop tunnell vision for the goal, I can literally feel electricity running through my body and I shut down the naysayers and the haters who decide that it is now the time to talk about what isn’t possible, what shouldn’t be happening or what can’t be done.   

I say all of this NOT to brag or be cocky, but to let you know especially if you’re in a situation filled with pressure whether it’s at work or at home that you will be refined because of your experience. You will become more compassionate, more patient and more resillient because of the pressure. You will learn how to be more organized, more upfront and honest about your feelings and a better communicator because of the pressure. Take a moment to think about all of the challenges you’ve been through in life. You’re still here! Go look at yourself in the mirror and watch the sparks of light beaming from your mind, your heart and your body. You are a diamond and if it weren’t for the pressure you’d be cubic zirconia, a crystal, a pearl… all very valuable but none of those materials are indestructable like the diamond.

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