Think about a hunk of black carbon. Bury it about 100 miles underground where it encounters intense heat from the Earth's mantle. And intense pressure from that much rock sitting on top of it! Under those conditions, the carbon can melt and the atoms can line up in a cubic formation. Now you have a diamond.
But the journey for the diamond is not over. It gets pushed to the surface through 100 miles of rock by deep volcanic eruptions. It might lay buried for years before being discovered, picked up, and washed off.
Even then, the diamond needs the right person to find it. To see the potential it holds. To analyze, cut, and polish.
Some diamonds are used to reflect light and are mounted as gemstones in pieces of jewelry.
Some diamonds are used as tools to cut other objects with precision due to their innate strength.
All have been transformed along the way into something of value.
Do you see yourself as a diamond in the rough? If so, what stage are you in?