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.
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.
Action is inevitable, because it is signature of life. Life expresses
itself in action, as death does in action. But actions may vary – as
they do vary – from man to man.
A laborers working in the field may be perspiring and sweating. A poet
working may not be perspiring or sweating; he is seemingly, from the
laborer's standpoint, not working at all. From the standpoint of the
poet, the scientist is wasting public money. From the scientist’s
standpoint an ordinary thinker is wasting his time. From all their
points of view, the Buddha under the tree is a waster and leech upon the
society, sucking the blood or the wealth of the society, an idler, etc.
Each one may point out to the other and say that he is an idler, but
each one knows how vigorously he himself is active.
One must understand that every individual is blessed with massive
potential and one should not waste one’s precious time in cribbing and
crying over other individual’s perspiration or potential rather devote
time in analyzing oneself in and out as opportunity lies within. One
must tap the enormous reservoir of prospect and tremendous potential
that lies within.
When our attitude is right, we realize that we are a walking on acres
and acres of diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet. We don't
have to go anywhere. All we need to do is recognize it and this is how
our attitude determines our altitude.
All of us have only twenty four hours per day. Who is mightier, an
individual who thinks to earn a livelihood or an individual who thinks
to create a history? Certainly the individual, who makes a history,
leaves behind something remarkable for which the succeeding generations
will be grateful. In order to realize the potential within one must
develop a true focus, patience and firm determination to achieve what
Let us strive to find the diamonds hidden within!!!