Recently, I have been thinking about stones and rocks. I have been collecting stones for as long as I can remember. These three stones have been with me for a while. One evening, ten years ago, I collected these three stones from the sea shores of St. Thomas, in Jamaica. I fell in love with the unique texture, shape, and colour. They may seem insignificant, but they hold memories of that evening. For the purpose of this blog, however, I will refer to my three stones as ‘rocks’. I will explain the reason later.
What are rocks anyway? Where do they come from? How are they made? Is there a difference between rocks and stones? What is the usage of rocks? Why do people gather rocks and keep them in their homes or office? Do rocks have any significance? I did a little exploring on the definition, type, some usage, and significance, which I will share with you.
What are Rocks
Rocks are from the earth. “…an aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloid …” Rocks have been around from the creation of earth’s layer. Some rocks are made up of organic materials, making them unique in nature. They are many different types Igneous, Metamorphic, Sedimentary to name a few (see link below).
Earlier I mentioned that I would explain why my stones would be referred to as ‘rocks’ that is because there is a difference between stones and rocks, in that, ‘rocks’ “can be described as a large piece of stone that is difficult to be carried in the hand. On the other hand, a stone is just a small piece or pebble that can be carried in the hand. The rocks are heavier than stones.” For me, my stones are more like ‘rocks’ because they signify strength and stability, a foundation on which to build.
‘Rocks’, though seemingly insignificant to many; without notice, and for some, don’t exist; they are, for many people, a ton-load of importance and significant usage. ‘Rocks’ form part of the science of ‘Geology’, which deals with the dynamics and physical history of the earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the physical, chemical, and biological changes that the earth has undergone or is undergoing…”
The ‘Geologist study rocks to understand their makeup and reasons why they exist etc. Apart from the Geologist, there are many rock collectors around like me. Rock collectors are called rockhound and there are different reasons why people collect rocks…” for exercise, to see nature, because rocks are pretty, for jewelry making, for spiritual reasons, for the science, and to help educate children.” For me ‘rock’ collecting is more of a hobby, because it allows me to be out in nature and for their uniqueness. I use my ‘rocks’ also for decoration at my house, and in my office at my desk. Builders use ‘rocks’ and ‘stones’ as part of the construction and the Japanese are well-known for their rock-garden…landscape.
Rock Garden, simply beautiful.
Did you know that the ‘rock’ plays an important role in religion? The Bible also makes reference to the rock in several verses:
“18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church;”
My significant ‘rocks’
These three ‘rocks’ are very special, as established earlier, and I believe they choose me that evening. Each one has a different meaning and significance.
The colourful ‘rock’ – represents my mood, my feelings of boldness and beauty, ready to take on the world especially when I wake up in high spirits and a positive energy.
The flat liner ‘rock’– represents my low feelings, when I am simply in a ‘flat-out’ terrible mood. But the ‘rock’ reminds me that even though I am ‘flat-out’, I am still solid and strong…I can bear the weight of my troubles. I’m never given more than I can bear.
Smoothie ‘rock’– represent the smooth flow of my life the events that are going well. Then suddenly there is an occurrence that tries to cut through causing disruption. But if I remain focused, I will stay whole and triumph.
Lesson learned from these three ‘rocks’ are many, as we saw above. But when we face life issues, with all the complexities that come with the different issues, we can choose to ‘flat-lined’, roll-over and let the issues take us over or we can remember to be strong and solid; be bold, remain focused, allowing a smooth flow, and always remembering that we are – like a ‘rock’.
Rock Definition http://geology.com/rocks/
Geology – http://www.dictionary.com/browse/geology
Rock garden – http://www.homedit.com/rock-garden-ideas/
Bible Verse – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+16%3A13-20&version…