Aren't we all pearls?

My Pearl and story

1st January 2015. New Year Resolution. Sitting in the kitchen lit up with one candle on the mantlepiece. My partner still in bed.

I just sat  there for 30 minutes doing nothing but listening to the sounds around me and from outside. I could also hear my noisy thoughts. After many years of stress, what else to expect ?

A teaching career that took a heavy toll on my body – lack of sleep, fatigue, anemia until the final straw : fainting at school.


The following year here I am…self-employed as a French tutor and speaker and doing supply teaching to make ends meet.

I decided to stick to my routine no matter what.

Monday to Friday: Wake up at 6am.Mobile off.

6.30am got dressed

Sitting in the kitchen.

Candle lit up.


Back to my breathing whenever I hear my noisy thoughts

7am mobile on

Breakfast in silence.

Jotting down a few words in my journal when I felt like it.

7.30am ready for work.

Day after day, week after week, month after month I stick to my breathing routine. 

Years later, I can now say it is my broken body which acted as 

a blessing in disguise. 

Isn't it true though that we are all forced to change when bad stuff comes our  way - cancer, grief, accident, depression, redundancy etc...

Healing can only take place when we embrace the change forced upon us by turning the bad into good. However it's a job that  only our body can achieve but we need to start listening to it


I am convinced that we miss thousands of blessings every day not being able to see beyond the appearances.

What are pearls made of?

While most precious gems are formed in the ground, surrounded by rocks, pearls are the only gemstones created inside a living creature. "Natural Pearls form when an irritant - usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand - works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defence mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called 'nacre' or mother-of-pearl is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.                              

Story by

Saïda Goutel