Have you heard the story about Acres of Diamonds? I read this book a long time ago … Came across it in my library and wanted to share it with you! Read it! You will love this summary!
The Acres of Diamonds story, ”a true one,” is told by an African farmer who heard tales about other farmers who had made millions by discovering diamond mines.
These tales excited the farmer, who sold his farm and went prospecting for diamonds. He spent the rest of his life wandering the African continent searching unsuccessfully for the gleaming gems that brought such high prices on the markets of the world.
Finally, worn out and broke, he threw himself into a river and drowned.
Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm happened to be crossing the small stream on the property one day, when suddenly there was a bright flash of blue and red light from the stream bottom. He bent down and picked up a stone. It was a good-sized stone. Admiring it, he brought it home and put it on his fireplace mantel as an interesting curiosity.
Several weeks later a visitor came by, picked up the stone, closely looked at it and nearly fainted. He asked the farmer where he found it. The farmer replied, “on my property.”
It turned out that he had found one of the largest diamond mines ever discovered! The farmer had trouble believing that. The visitor told the farmer that his creek was full of such stones. Not all were as large as the one on the mantel, but sprinkled generously throughout the creek bottom.
The farm the first farmer had sold, so that he might find a diamond mine, turned out to be one of the most productive diamond mines on the entire African continent. The first farmer had owned, free and clear … acres of diamonds! But he had sold them for practically nothing, in order to look for them elsewhere.
The moral is clear:
If the first farmer had only taken the time to study and prepared himself to learn what diamonds looked like in their rough state, then thoroughly explored the property he had before looking elsewhere, all of his wildest dreams would have come true!
The thing about this story, that has so profoundly affected millions of people, is the idea that we, at this very moment, are standing in the middle of our own acres of diamonds.
If we only had the wisdom and patience to intelligently and effectively explore the work in which we’re now engaged, to explore ourselves; we would most likely find the riches we seek, whether they be financial, intangible or both.
Why am I sending you this story? Because you are sitting on acres of diamonds but you may not recognize it!
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