I was reminded recently that a pearl actually comes from an oyster’s wound. Pearls are formed inside an oyster’s shell as a defense mechanism to a potentially threatening irritant such as a parasite. When the injury happens, the pearl is produced to actually seal off the irritation. The result is something rare and of great value. I began to wonder how often we could be turning our wounds into something of value? And yet we rarely do. Most of us allow hurts and pain to continue irritating us for the rest of our lives.
I have a friend who was cheated in business, and he never ceases to talk about it. Another who’s wife left him and he has yet to get over it – even after 30 years. Pain doesn’t just go away, and shallow, positive thinking may sooth for the moment, but we always wake up the next morning still hurting.
Reality matters. Wounds are real. But dwelling on the pain doesn’t help us move on. If we can embrace our pain, acknowledge it, and use it to make us stronger, wiser, and more healthy, perhaps we can gain something of great value from the experience.
No one likes a wound, but to create something beautiful from it, is something wonderful indeed.