Stones to Diamonds ASSIGNMENT Essays

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Stones to Diamonds" Once upon a time there was a master teacher who had three students. One night he gathered the students around the campfire, "the next day we will be traveling across the desert. I want each one of you to gather as many stones as you could possibly carry and put them in your pack to take across the desert". The students inquired as to why they would have to do such a task. The master teacher only said that they would learn in time and retired for the night. The following morning the three students got up and proceeded to look for stones to put into their packs. The first student thought about it for a while. He decided that he was not going to carry a full pack of stones across the desert and only put in a few stones. The load would be too much to carry across the hot desert that lay before them. The second student, not quite sure why they were to carry so many stones decided that he would hedge his bet; he would fill his pack half full. He was still unsure of the reason for such a strange request. The third student was also unsure of why they were being asked to carry such a burden also but decided that he was going to do just as a teacher had instructed them and put in as many stones as he could possibly carry. It was now time to head out on their journey across the desert. It was mid-day and the sun was beating down on the small caravan of travelers. The first student with so few stones had no trouble keeping up. He was glad that he was not so foolish as to put so many stones into his pack. The second student was struggling but was able to keep going with some effort. He too was glad that he did not fill his pack up for that would have made his journey more difficult than it already was. The third student struggled to keep up and became tired. Each step seemed harder than the last one. His pack was full of stones but he would not quit. The master teacher kept giving him encouragement but did not do anything to lighten his load. He was determined to keep going. Finally the teacher and three students reached the other side of the desert. The journey was over for now. That night they gathered around the fire under the stars. The teacher instructed each one of them to go and get their packs and bring them back to the fire. The teacher then instructed them to take out all the stones they had put into their packs. To the amazement of the three students, the stones they had been carrying had turned into precious diamonds. What once was a burden, now became their wealth. The student that carried few stones had very little to show for his journey while the person that carried the greatest burden had much wealth to show for his troubles. He was truly a wealthy man. The teacher just looked at the three of them with a solemn look on his face and said, "and so it is with life.

“Stones to Diamonds” Questions

Q1. What times in your life did the stones (burdens) that you carried now are part of your wealth?

Thinking about the times in my life in which the stones (burdens) carried me and are now a part of my wealth, I cannot help but remember growing up always hearing the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” These words have never really had much meaning to me until the day that I found myself in the mist of unfortunate circumstances that led me to being incarcerated for several years.
Life is beautiful but not always easy, it has problems, too, and the challenge lies in facing them with courage, letting the beauty of life act like a balm, which makes the pain bearable, during trying times, by providing hope. Oddly enough, incarceration for a crime that I had no part in was a true test of courage, patience, perseverance for me, and through all these adversities and hardships I became a person strong and ready to face the challenges of life as a renewed woman.

Difficulties test the courage, patience, perseverance and true character…