Post by Keith Browne
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
~ Author Unknown
The Holiday season is here and with it brings with it a time of reflection, joy, happiness, and love. We are closing in on a great year and looking forward to an even better new year. I wanted to share a parable called Acres Of Diamonds because this message is important for all of us this holiday season. Below is a short synopsis of the story and I have included a pdf of Acres of Diamonds for your reading leisure. Happy Holidays and let’s look forward to making the next year the best year yet!
Russell Herman Conwell, a lawyer for about fifteen years until he became a clergyman, tells a story told to him by an Arab guide. The story intrigued Conwell so much, that he used the theme as a basis for his many speeches.
According to Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell, as told by the guide, while Conwell was traveling down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers with a party of English travelers, there was a farmer, Ali Hafed, from ancient Persia now known as Iran. Ali Hafed was very wealthy. He owned a very large farm with orchards, grain fields, and gardens. He was wealthy and contented.
One day, a Buddhist priest visited Ali Hafed. During the conversation, this wise priest from the East told Hafed about diamonds. The priest told Ali Hafed that if “he had one diamond the size of his thumb, he could purchase the county, and if he had a mine of diamonds he could place his children upon thrones through the influence of their great wealth.” Ali Hafed heard all about diamonds, and how much they were worth. Though Hafed’s situation hadn’t changed, he went to his bed that night feeling poor and discontented because of envy and greed.
Ali Hafed decided that he wanted a diamond mine, and the next day he rushed to see the priest and asked where he could find diamonds. He explained to the priest that he wanted to be immensely rich. Hafed sold his farm, collected the money, left his neighbor to take care of his family, and went off in search of diamonds.
Hafed wandered around Palestine and Europe until he ran out of money. He was in rags, feeling wretched and now truly poor. He stood on the shore of a bay in Barcelona, Spain and when a great tidal wave came rolling in, he threw himself in and was never seen again.
Meanwhile back at the farm, one day the new owner picked up an unusual rock about the size of an egg and placed it on his mantle. A few days later, the same old priest visited the farm and immediately realized that the unusual rock was indeed a diamond. The priest and the new owner rushed outside to the place where the owner found the unusual rock. That day, they discovered the diamond mines of Golconda.
Ali Hafed had been standing on his own “Acres of Diamonds” until he sold his farm.
- Each of us is right in the middle of our own Acres of Diamonds if only we would realize it and develop the ground we are standing on before charging off in search of greener pastures
- Opportunity does not just come along – it is there all the time – we just have to see it
- In life, when we go searching for “something,” we should know what that “something” looks, smells and tastes like so that we can recognize it when we find it
- The grass isn’t always greener on the other side
- Before we give up what we already have, make sure that what we’re getting is better than what we already have
Your diamonds are not in far-away mountains or in distant seas; they are usually in your own back yard if you will take the time to look for them.”