Changes can be painful and irritating, just like the series of events the oyster experiences that causes it to create a beautiful pearl. That lustrous gem is actually created because of the injury done to the oyster that contains it. The constant irritation of a sharp piece of sand causes the oyster to excrete a white pearly liquid to coat the sand and stop the pain.

It is the gnawing pain that eventually prods the oyster to begin changing its situation. The result is a pearl of great beauty and value although the process was not easy. Transforming our lives bears some resemblance to the pearl’s metamorphosis. WE often experience the same evolution as the pearl. NOTE: Releasing the pearl’s beauty to the world requires the oyster to be opened. Despite the hardness of the shell, it can be opened with ease as it is only held closed by a single muscle called the adductor. The oyster’s shell is opened using a thin knife to cut the adductor muscle. Once it is cut, the shell falls open and a beautiful treasure emerges. Sometimes our “releasing process” feels equally difficult but the end result is beyond belief! We can make something beautiful out of our pain. We then use our experiences and knowledge to guide others down a similar path. As we do, our own confidence will soar even higher as we help change lives while fulfilling our own divine purpose!

If your gifts and talents are still a hidden treasure deep inside of you, allow the mental adductor muscle to be cut. Release your potential! Visualize yourself stepping out. What are the first five steps you will take? Write them down. Start with your first step now. Keep going!

Rita Rocker, National Speaker and International Author, Transformation Academy, LLC

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