My day job is construction superintendent for a residential framing company. Much of my work is pretty mundane. We rough frame houses at job sites that are messy and cluttered with debris. Nearly everything on the jobsite is coated in mud. And yet, hidden under that mud are revealed some of the most extraordinary gems, if only you take the time to see them.
Hidden amongst the crushed stone that is laid down on the dirt when the site is cleared are brilliant crystal formations. The stone used for this is cut out of mountains and hillsides that are rich in minerals that, if given the right circumstances, will form crystals.
Most everyone on the job makes fun of me when they see me hunting for these treasures. I laugh right back at them for being too thick not to see the beauty that is right there before their eyes. I pick them up and bring them home to put in my garden where the rain washes them sparkling clean.
To some, this may be silly. To me, it seems silly not to stop and enjoy the rich bounty of gems that are all around us.