It was rough;
Rough like sandstone against dry elephant hide being dragged
It was tough
tough like shoe-leather well-done.
It was hard;
hard like diamonds,
but just as valuable.
And so the results of mining
the combined knowledge of human kind
specified to the needs of one for nurturing
as resulted in this wonderful find:
After all these years, today's mail carried with it a wonderful document. My diploma came in the mail today. It was unexpected and happily received. I almost don't know what to say. I actually had rolled it around in my head last night, being that I didn't completely believe that I had actually finished. Today, I received the concrete representation of my labor.
I know that this is like life. Sometimes, it's hard to be humble when enduring unfair treatment. It's not always the most enjoyable activity to sacrifice pleasure for something else. But when it's all over, we will receive the reward of our labor. I'm so glad I didn't give up.