I can rush through roasting these beans, do it poorly, brew them without any care, and then add a bunch of cream and sugar to make them taste tolerable.
Or I can do everything I can, from roasting to brewing and even to being present while tasting, to bring to light the beauty which is already in these beans.
It’s the same with anything, and it’s the same with us.
It takes more time and patience and guts, but all of our beauty is already there. We should not spend our energy covering it up with cream and sugar and good reputations and accomplishments. We have to do the harder work, and the more responsible work, of carefully and lovingly uncovering who is already there, and bringing that person to light.