When I put that first batch into the tumbler, I looked forward to prying off the cap after the first week. I must tell you, the rocks came out in a disgusting gray goo, as zillions of tiny bits of rock had been knocked loose and ground to dust, creating an ugly paste. But after I rinsed off the sludge, I could see the beautiful change taking place in the rocks. After each week of tumbling, the sand had done its work: the rocks became increasingly smooth. Finally, after the last week of fine sand, the rocks were transformed into smooth, beautiful pieces of art. The inner beauty of the rocks had been revealed.
Life is a similar process. We don’t even have to try to get smoothed out; life does the tumbling for us. We can learn from and cooperate with the process, becoming beautiful, smooth works of art; or we can resist, crumble, and break, gumming up our lives and the lives of others with bitterness and anger. The choice is ours.
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