Today, what seems completely necessary is to simply let go. Let those who value the pearl as adornment take it and adorn themselves, but for myself, I'm happy to simply let it go. I don't need to over-value its presence, to over-esteem the process that created it. I don't need to make this the most precious part of myself or to continue building a life around it.
It has served its purpose, but I cannot continue to be beholden to its beauty or its power or anything else about it. It was just an irritant, and I'm grateful for the fruit it bore, but it is time to build my life around something new.