As I am writing this week’s blog, I realize “A Diamond in the Rough” sounds very cliche, but stay with me for a second...
This weekend my family and I drive to the Herkimer Diamond Mine. I am lucky to live in Central New York where we are driving distance to some incredibly beautiful places, including this mine which is the only one of its kind. We arrived excited about this new adventure, and unsure of what to expect. Diamonds? Really…? We were also a little skeptical ...But, upon arriving we paid a small entrance fee, and were each given a little sledge hammer. Our only directions: smash some rocks, have fun, and keep whatever you find. SWEET!
We walked a few yards down from the entrance and there was just a large pile of rocks. So we found a place that seemed like it might be a good spot to start (although really...there were just rocks everywhere. I guess every place was a good place). And then we started smashing rocks - big ones, little ones, colorful ones, ones with lots of holes, ones with no holes, ones in the sun, ones in the shade….
It was fun and we found a few small diamonds. But, right before we left my husband wanted to get one more very large rock. With the first hit, the rock split in two and inside was a big, beautiful diamond. It was remarkable. This stunning, delicate gem was just hangin’ out inside a massive dull stone...for a very long time.
And I couldn’t help but think there was a metaphor in that moment...as cliche as it may be, here it was quite literally in my face - a diamond in the rough. It got me thinking - How much magic do we miss because we are just looking at the big ugly stones? How much more beauty can we see if we are actively searching for treasures? How much more patience can we have if we know there is potential for something magnificent underneath something ordinary?
How many diamonds have I missed? I want to continue to challenge myself to find extraordinary things wherever I am. Wonder is everywhere - we just have to remember to look for it.