There was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. He was happy because he

was content. He was content because he was happy. One day a wise man came to him

and told him about the glory of diamonds and the power that goes along with them. The

wise man said, “If you had 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 probably own your own

country.” And then he went away. That night the farmer couldn’t sleep. He was unhappy

and he was discontent. He was unhappy because he was discontent and discontent

because he was unhappy.

The next morning he made arrangements to sell off his farm, took care of his family and

went in search of diamonds. He looked all over Africa and couldn’t find any. He looked all

through Europe and couldn’t find any. When he got to Spain, he was emotionally,

physically and financially broke. He got so disheartened that he threw himself into the

Barcelona River and committed suicide.

Back home, the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at a stream

that ran through the farm. Across the stream, the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and

made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought it would look good on the mantle piece. He

picked up the stone and put it in the living room. That afternoon the wise man came and

saw the stone sparkling. He asked, “Is Hafiz back?” The new owner said, “No, why do

you ask?” The wise man said, “Because that is a diamond. I recognize one when I see

one.” The man said, no, that’s just a stone I picked up from the stream. Come, I’ll show

you. There are many more.” They went and picked some samples and sent them for

analysis. Sure enough, the stones were diamonds. They found that the farm was indeed

covered with acres and acres of diamonds.*

What is the moral of this story?

There are five morals:

1. When our attitude is right, we realize that we are all walking on acres and acres of


  • · Opportunity is always under our feet. We don’t have to go anywhere. All we need

to do is recognize it.

2. The grass on the other side always looks greener.

3. While we are dyeing the grass on the other side, there are others who are dyeing the

grass on our side. They would be happy to trade places with us.

4. When people don’t know how to recognize opportunity, they complain of noise when it


5. The same opportunity never knocks twice. The next one may be better or worse, but it

is never the same one.


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