Handling stress

charcoal and diamond

as seen on Facebook, 13 September 2012


A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.

Trite though it be, this compact little gem seems very apt at present. My father – 88 in a few days – is trying to avoid having to go to hospital. My daughter, on the other hand, has recently made several attempts on her own life …


…….. In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is, ‘ since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, ‘ patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.

(from That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection by Gerard Manley Hopkins)


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