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January 19th, 2011 10:38 AM

Every new year people think of new beginnings and the "what if's" and "if only's" take over.  Positive change is always good, but sometimes we miss recognizing what we already have.   Russell H. Conwell, a former newspaper correspondent and minister,  delivered the same motivational speech thousands of times in the early 1920's.  Later, it was published and became an immediate best-seller.

"A Persian farmer named Ali Hafed sold his farm and left his family to travel the world in search of wealth.  He looked everywhere but he could not find the diamonds he lusted after.  Finally, alone and in despair as a homeless pauper, he ended his own life.  His search for riches had consumed him.  In the meantime, the man who bought the land from Hafed was grateful for every blade of grass that was now his and lavished love and hard work on his farm.  At night, surounded by his family and eating the fruits of his labor, he was a contented man.  Finally one day he made a remarkable discovery.   In the backyard that Ali Hafed had abandoned was a diamond mine - literally an acre of diamonds.  The simple farmer became wealthy beyond his wildest dreams."

Conwell used this parable to illustrate an extraordinary message:  we all have our own individual riches, waiting to be discovered;  we all have seeds of opportunity from a personal dream waiting to be fulfilled.  We all can discover that our own personal success, happiness, and financial serenity is as close as our own backyard! 

To learn contentment is one of the greatest and hardest lessons.  In this changing economy and world, learning to be content and live within our means will be the biggest challenge.  This new year is filled with opportunity  and anything is possible. . . . . . because that acre of diamonds is waiting to be mined.

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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on January 19th, 2011 10:38 AMPost a Comment

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