A Diamond in the Ruff
You've probably heard of the phrase a "Diamond in the Rough."
It's a reminder that diamonds, while beautiful gemstones, aren't quite that way in the beginning of their formation deep under the earth's surface in extreme heat and pressure.
As I reflect on this phrase, I can't help but think of our new rescue Barney. To me, he's our little four legged, furry "Diamond in the Ruff."
Barney's loving, gentle, and caring temperament is innate in him. He was born that way. Deep down inside Barney is a loving gentle soul. But, Barney's a scared little boy. There are days when I wonder if he thinks that this is REALLY his forever loving home. Denis and I try so hard to make him know that he's home now and he's okay. But, he cowers down so much to the rustling of a plastic bag, my keys, and so many other things. When we put his food down on his tray (which was Dagger's tray) he waits outside of the kitchen until we tell him it's ok to eat. I've never had a dog do that before! But, that's our Little Barney!
Every Saturday for the past 6 weeks we've been going to training classes. When asked what I expected out of the classes I simply said, "I'd like Barney to gain confidence in everything he does." Barney is doing splendidly in class. I think he's going to make a wonderful Therapy Dog one day. His loving, caring and so willing to please attitude is a pleasure to witness. AND He loves to work!! It makes him feel successful. Just like Dagger, but who's comparing...LOL...
Barney's my little four legged, furry "Diamond in the Ruff."
In a way, we are all like" diamonds in the rough." We are constantly striving to be the best version of ourselves. We all have what we need. We just have to recognize that deep inside is our true self just waiting to share goodness with the world.
As a "Diamond in the Rough" myself, I have so much more to learn and discover. Everyday I feel that I'm being formed into the "who" I'm meant to be. When I looked up how a diamond is formed, my Google Search sent me to this quote, "A diamond's journey is filled with diligence and perseverance. From mining details to making the final cut, the entire journey takes billions of years. The mesmerizing diamond story is a product of hard work, patience, and endurance."
Our lives are filled with "hard work, patience, and endurance." Sometimes it's difficult to deal with the difficulties and hard work we encounter in our daily lives. It's only when we acknowledge that we have the means deep inside of ourselves to become a beautiful diamond that we will discover a diamond mine just waiting to be brought to the surface, cultivated and shared with the world,
Barney's Journey continues with diligence and perseverance!
Everything that's worth the wait... is worth the wait!
Even with all of the hard work, patience, and endurance...
it's still Worth the Wait!
After all, if it takes billions of years for a beautiful diamond to make the final cut,
We too can persevere no matter what life throws our way
and become a beautiful "diamond" too!!
What a beautiful "diamond" formation that will be!!
Have a happy, blessed, and safe Fourth of July!!
Happy tales to you,
A Place where I can Bark, Blog and Woof a Little
written by Yvonne Dagger