Short Stories

Greener on the Other Side?

Tblog-pics-1200x675-greener-grasshe story was told in Russell Conwell’s Acres of Diamonds of a wealthy farmer in the ancient Persia. He was living his dream life contentedly until he heard the story of a diamond mine in a far country. He was told that if he could have diamond the size of his thumb he could purchase the county, and with a diamond mine he could place his children on thrones through the influence of their great wealth.
In his desperation to own the diamond mine, he sold his farm, left his family in the charge of a neighbour and departed in search of diamond. After years of exhaustive search throughout Palestine and across Europe, penniless, ragged and wretched, he threw himself into the incoming tide off the coast of Spain never to rise again.
In the meantime, back at the farm, the man who purchased the farm one day led his camel into the garden to drink, while the camel drank from the stream in the garden, he noticed a curious flash of light from the white sand of the stream. The stone turned out to be a diamond. It was later discovered that the entire garden was sitting on what would turn out to be one of the most magnificent diamond mines in the history of mankind!
How often are we tempted to act like that farmer! In pursuit of our dreams, we tend to search everywhere but our backyards. We are awed by the appeal of the seemingly greener pastures on the other side that we sometimes find ourselves at the risk of losing everything we have worked for on ‘this’ side. If the grass on our side does not look green enough, it might just be that we have not taken adequate time to cultivate it. Maybe what we need is not a crossover to the other side. Maybe it’s just a little more effort on the present side – a little more in-searching. That acre of diamonds you are about to set out for might just be at your backyard.

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