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Opportunities Within Us!

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by cheer, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Ali Hafed was a farmer from Africa, who was happy and contented. One
    day a priest came to visit him and told him about the glory of
    diamonds and the power that goes along with having them. The priest
    said, "If you have a diamond the size of your thumb, you could have
    your own city. If you had a diamond the size of your fist, you could
    own the whole country." After the priest left, the farmer could not
    sleep that night. He became unhappy and discontented with what he
    had, and the whole night he thought to himself how rich and powerful
    he would become if he could possess some diamonds.
    The next morning, he sold off his farm, left his family with his
    neighbor, and set off to search for diamonds. He traveled all over
    Africa, but could not find any. He looked all over Europe and
    couldn't find any. Finally, he became emotionally, physically and
    financially broke and decided to take his own life by throwing
    himself into the river.
    Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels
    at a stream that ran through the farm. He suddenly saw a curious
    flash of light from the white sands of the shallow stream. Reaching
    into the water, he pulled out a rough stone that sparkled like the
    colors of the rainbow. Finding the stone interesting, he took it back
    to his house and placed it as a decoration piece in his living room.
    One day the priest came to visit, and saw the sparkling stone. He
    exclaimed, "Here is a diamond! Is Hafed back?" The man replied, "No,
    no, Hafed has not returned, and that is not a diamond. It is only a
    stone I found right here in the garden." When the priest heard this,
    he declared, "I know a diamond when I see one."
    Together they rushed out to the garden stream and began searching. To
    their amazement, there came up other more beautiful and valuable
    stones than the first. Thus, was discovered the largest diamond mine
    in the world.



    SUCCESS PRINCIPLES

    The above story, Acres of Diamonds was lectured by Russell H. Conwell more than 6,000 times during his lifetime. With the funds from the above lectures he founded Temple University.
    We are forever looking for opportunities elsewhere rather than within us. "Acres of Diamonds" taught us that the riches and opportunities that we are searching are within us. As the saying goes, "the grass on the other side always appears to be greener." Diamonds in its rough form do not look like diamonds. The raw diamonds need to be skillfully worked on and polished before they are of value. Likewise most of us are like the raw diamonds, and need to be worked on and polished before we realize our full potential.
     
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  2. Abha

    Abha Bronze IL'ite

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    hey cheer

    That is a very nice inspirational article, encouraging us to search our souls first rather than finding solace somewhere else..

    good one there
     
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    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    jothi Senior IL'ite

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    Cheer,

    Great story. Inspiring. Life will be a lot easier and happier if everyone learns to live with contention.

    Thanks for posting this article,
    jothi.
     
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    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Thanx Jothi:wave
     

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