This week’s Wednesday Wisdom is about transformation.

Grapes must be crushed to make wine.

Diamonds form under pressure.

Olives are pressed to release oil.

Seeds grow in darkness.

The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern.

So, whenever you feel crushed, under pressure, pressed, or in darkness, just remember: Beautiful people do not just happen.

from Lala Delia & Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.