23 December 2015
At this time of year, the day before Christmas Eve, it is easy to become swept up in the chaos and stress of the festive season. But are you focussing too much on the hassle and missing the diamonds?
At Christmastime, I always think back to Earl Nightingale’s Acres of Diamonds, an incredible and apparently true, tale with a timeless moral. Never forget to look properly at what you have and appreciate it.
An excerpt from “Acres of Diamonds” – Written by Earl Nightingale
The story was about a farmer who lived in Africa and through a visitor became tremendously excited about looking for diamonds. Diamonds were already discovered in abundance on the African continent and this farmer got so excited about the idea of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds that he sold his farm to head out to the diamond line. He wandered all over the continent, as the years slipped by, constantly searching for diamonds, wealth, which he never found. Eventually he went completely broke and threw himself into a river and drowned.
Meanwhile, the new owner of his farm picked up an unusual looking rock about the size of a country egg and put it on his mantle as a sort of curiosity. A visitor stopped by and in viewing the rock practically went into terminal convulsions. He told the new owner of the farm that the funny looking rock on his mantle was about the biggest diamond that had ever been found. The new owner of the farm said, ‘Heck, the whole farm is covered with them’ – and sure enough it was.
The farm turned out to be the Kimberly Diamond Mine . . . the richest the world has ever known. The original farmer was literally standing on ‘Acres of Diamonds’ until he sold his farm.
…Each of us is right in the middle of our own ‘Acre of Diamonds’, if only we would realize it and develop the ground we are standing on before charging off in search of greener pastures.
Take the time, between wrapping, travelling, working and cooking the turkey to stop and take a look around. Watch your children’s faces, dance with your parents and raise a glass to the year gone by and the year ahead.