The Koh-i-noor diamond is among the world’s most spectacular. It is part of the British crown jewels, presented to Queen Victoria by a maharajah in India when the maharajah was only a young boy.
Years later, as a grown man, the maharajah visited Queen Victoria. He asked that the stone be brought from the Tower of London, where it was kept in safety, to Buckingham Palace. The queen did as he requested.
Taking the diamond in his hand, he knelt before the queen and presented it back to her, saying, “Your Majesty, I gave this jewel when I was a child, too young to know what I was doing. I want to give it to you again in the fullness of my strength, with all my heart and affection, and gratitude, now and forever, fully realizing all that I do.”
A day will come when you may look back and say, “I’m grateful for my teachers, and the lessons they taught me about discipline, concentration, hard work, cooperation, and the right and wrong ways to compete.” Even more valuable will be the day when you look in a mirror and say, “Knowing what I now know about life, I see value in continuing to teach these lessons to myself.”