Diamond in the Rough: “Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.” – The Urban Dictionary
The esteemed birthstone of April.
Unequaled. Enigmatic. Energetic.
The oldest diamonds date back 3 billion years. These mini miracles have been gifted for centuries to share love stories, symbolize milestones, and serve as protection during ancient times of battle. Diamond, adapted from the Greek word “adamas” (or invincible) suggests these carbon crystals are more than just sparkle and shine. Diamonds are formed miles beneath the Earth’s surface under the perfect storm of intense heat and pressure and reach land by volcanic activity. Not only are diamonds symbols of love, commitment, and honor, they also create tremendous opportunity and impact via ethical consumption.
According to research, an estimated 10 million people globally are supported by the diamond industry. During my 10 year journey in the diamond industry with MJ Christensen, I witnessed firsthand the unyielding power of these crystalline structures as well as the importance of increasing consumer confidence about their consumption. As an advocate for global nonprofits Diamond Empowerment Fund and the Diamond Development Initiative the goal was to connect consumers directly to their large scale missions centered on creating sustainable opportunities for the people in diamond producing nations like South Africa, Botswana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is through this increased awareness that understanding and collaboration have the opportuntiy to thrive.
The 4 C’s of humans: “Diamonds in the Rough”
Polished diamonds are graded on a system known as the 4 C’s: Color, Clarity, Carat Weight, and Cut. Cut being the most valuable, as it speaks to the personality of the diamond… the way it radiates light and releases its inner charm.
Humans are like diamonds in many ways. Each uniquely fashioned, complete with identifying traits, in a variety of shapes and sizes, brimming with extraordinary potential. Humans, like diamonds, begin with essential chemistry, and with loving intention over time, have the capacity to transform into higher levels of radiant beauty.
Let’s explore what I refer to as the 4 C’s of Humans: Diamonds in the Rough to celebrate humanity during the month of April!
First C: Complex
Like a musical masterpiece, we are cleverly composed one note at at time, each note intentional. Every vibration and every frequency singing a different song. It is this richness, this depth that makes us incredibly interesting! We are:
Second C: Communal
Not only are we a diverse group of human beings, we are also designed to commune with one another. A quote taken from The Love Dare shares, “Joined together, you are greater than your independent parts. You need each other. You complete each other.” While this particular reference concerns a married couple, the underlying premise is applicable to friendships, and relationships of every kind. It is a deep human need to be an integral part of a community, rather than exist in isolation. We experience increased health and harmony when we realize we are:
- truly connected to one another
- joined through a common good
- linked through loving kindness
- united in soul and spirit
Third C: Capable
As a diamond in the rough is to a master craftsman, is a human in the eyes of our Creator. We have been given individual capacity, as well as the ability to help others achieve their very best. Sometimes, we discover our skills and purpose on our own, and other times, we benefit from a mentor who sees our limitless potential locked inside awaiting release. Either way, trust that we are:
- predisposed to an amazing life
- gifted in countless ways
- talented in specific areas
- qualified to share our unique talents with the world!
Fourth C: Called
When was the first time or last time someone made you feel that your life doesn’t matter? Have you ever felt like what you say, think, feel, or do does not matter? Let’s get the record straight: YOU matter. There are over 7 billion people on the planet, and every single life matters, including yours. Do not let this world tell you otherwise. Know that you were created ON purpose, and FOR a purpose, to make a difference in this world. For more tips on how to discover your calling, consider reading Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. You will be delighted to know that you are:
- appointed to do great works
- designed to follow a path to your specific destiny
- invited on a journey of love and joy
- summoned to a thriving life, one worth living!
How do you measure treasures in this life?
Matthew 6:21 encourages us, ” For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Jennifer Miller is a Las Vegas based writer, DoTERRA wellness advocate, and BeadforLife community partner and is the founder of Stand In Love.org -a platform for sharing her core values:
Serving People | Inspiring Ideas | Living Your Purpose