We think we want things to be easy - smooth sailing - that somehow that's an indication of our success. But this image reminds us that more often we rise in response to opposing forces.
I was reading about pearls recently and learned that they are formed in response to some kind of irritant or parasite. The oyster (actually, any mollusk can create a sort of pearl) responds to the irritant by coating it with layers of nacreous secretions which result in the smooth, iridescent pearl valued for its beauty.
Are you facing opposition today? Think of it as your opportunity to rise above and fly high. Is there something that is causing you irritation? Think of it as the process of creating something rare, beautiful and valuable - pearls of wisdom.