Each of us is unique. Individual. One of a kind. We may belong to a family, tribe, region, race, but we are all unique. Family members share many characteristics, yet retain their individuality. Country of birth, nationality of parents, culture, environment – all of these factors influence the individual, the way they behave, the way they communicate. Often on a subconscious level – as children we copy the behaviour and speech of our parents, grandparents, family members; at school we mimic the ways of our peer group; in a work situation we follow the ‘corporate way’ or the company’s ‘code of conduct’. The environment we live in has an effect on our behaviour and the way live. So many influences – often barely acknowledged – make us who we are – all different. What is our uniqueness? So many things determine who we are and how we are, we are influenced by others, how can we not be? To not be influenced by others or external forces one would have to exist within a non penetrable bubble, and lets face it, we don’t.
In the same way crystals and minerals are influenced by the environment, geological conditions, geographical locations. I often look at a specimen and wonder… how did it form? how long did it take to grow? what made it the shape it is? The chemical content of a mineral / crystal is what determines it’s structure, so quartz will always be quartz, growing from a mass, elongated six sided points – and whilst quartz SiO2 will always be quartz, sometimes it is clear, sometimes cloudy, sometimes with rutiles of titanium or tourmaline, sometimes with deposits of chlorite… If another mineral is present in the same location the two can grow together, one perhaps influencing the path of the other. Here you can clearly see rods of tourmaline (pink and green) growing through the large mass of quartz…
Very often there will be other elements present within a mineral, do we think of these as imperfections? The water and oil particles captured within the rapidly cooled volcanic lava are technically impurities, but these imperfections are the exact aspect of obsidian which makes a certain piece attractive to the buyer – the sheen is an example of imperfect perfection.
The quartz cluster fascinates with its different length points, growing in all directions – wherever they could forge their way through the bedrock or matrix it grew within. Rather than looking at this and thinking – its not symmetrical, the quartz isn’t completely clear, it is clouded in parts with microscopic bubbles of water or gas making it milky in appearance – we see it as interesting, and enjoy its beauty.
No one of us is perfect – we may sometimes be critical of ourselves, noticing our imperfections when we look in the mirror. To others, your perceived imperfections are what make
you their perfect partner and friend.
Celebrate your uniqueness – embrace your imperfect perfection.
Human beings, you could say that…
… like crystals, – no two are the same !