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Brian Johnson (optimize.me) spoke this morning of how pearls are formed. And what a good reminder it was! Here’s his quick summary.

An irritant gets inside an oyster’s shell. The oyster creates something called “nacre” that coats the irritant. Repeat THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of times over an extended period and…Voila! Behold the iridescently beautiful pearl.

When is the last time you were irritated by something or someone – especially if the irritation was an often-repeated experience? Did you even consider that the irritant was there to challenge you to grow? What about those people who “drove you crazy” who later became good friends? Brian Johnson carries a little pearl in his pocket and touches it when he is irritated by “life’s rubs.” Not a bad idea, I’d say.