An oyster takes an awful irritant, transforms it by coating it with its essence, and then gives the world a beautiful gift. This is ours to do, both within ourselves and out in the world. Don’t ignore that which brings you discomfort. Look directly at it and don’t make excuses for why it is there and why you can’t do anything to change it. Bring it front and center into your consciousness and your heart. Begin working on it with what you already have within you, and allow your curiosity to reveal greater possibilities. Slowly the irritant will be transformed into the pearl and when you are ready, you get to reveal it to the world!