Like many days, I wake with various thoughts and today the title appeared just as I woke, which caused me to jot it down.
Have you ever thought of how a pearl is formed? It’s grand entrance comes from extreme irritation!
‘Natural Pearls form when an irritant – usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed’. Pearl formation
More information of a pearl is found on the above site, but what I found interesting is that the mussel has to be mature, three years old before the irritant implants.
Now, the human comparison….
When we’re little ones, we might get upset when our toy is taken or we’re hungry etc. However, when mature these subtle and not-so-subtle irritants creep in before we realize it! Like the layered coating that creates the pearl. Educated or not, we receive all kinds of large and small irritants throughout our earthly stint. Right?
Thus, this thought. We allow all kinds of irritants, meaning friends, family, business associates, customers, clients, bosses, co-workers into our head space, if you will. Now think about how often does someone step on our toes? Frequently! Too many times to enumerate, at least for me.
I’ve been taught to turn the other cheek, to help someone. Give the benefit of the doubt. Help others as often as you can.
Conversely, like the mussel, we have to coddle our thoughts of perhaps distaste with this one or that, because you see….we’re all imperfect. Within that imperfection, we’re to be as perfect as possible. Now how can that be? It can’t be so.
The pearl receives irritation as an ongoing process till it becomes lustrous.
What or how should we treat our daily irritants? Should we ‘think’ we are perfect in an imperfect world, because we aren’t or should we realize we’re allowing a grooming of a sort, like the pearl into a pearl of patience.
From time to time, at my estate sales, I encounter irritants. I’ve learned to stand when I become irritated with a person that says my sales are priced too high just because they don’t want to pay the amount noted. I stay very calm knowing my pricing is at the status quo and that the next person always states without exception that my prices are great!
Patience, is a virtue, to be sure.
Am I one day to become a pearl of patience? I know not. I will say this as I become younger, less irritants get under my skin/mussel.
We all need to become a pearl of patience. Crime would cease! Maybe heart attacks and strokes.
I think I will try harder to be a pearl of patience!
It certainly can’t hurt…..