Obtains its true form after being chiseled.
The raku pot,
Must be molded and shocked into its final shape.
The samurai sword,
Is sharpened through repeated and instense striking.
The mighty oak,
Sheds its dead leaves each fall.
Develops through a cacooning of personal transformation.
Rises only after it has been burned to ashes.
Can radiate only after years of experiencing extreme pressure.
The heart of a true champion can only be revealed through the test of time.
The illumination from the soul can only come after enduring life's great challenges.
<SI> Scott Izu, PhD
Copyright October 2016