Friday, April 18, 2008

Poverty is discontent


“The Persians have a strange story of the Golconda diamond mines. Once Ali Hafed sat with his wife looking out upon the river that flowed through their farm. Soon their children came through the trees bringing with them a traveler. In confidence the stranger showed Ali Hafed a diamond that shone like a drop of condensed sunshine. He told his host that one large diamond was worth whole mines of copper and silver; that a handful would make him a prince; that a mine of diamonds would buy a kingdom. That night wealthy Ali Hafed went to bed a poor man, for poverty is discontent. When the morning came he sold his farm for gold, and went forth in search of diamonds. Years passed. Old and gray he returned in rags and poverty. He found his dear ones had all died in penury.
He also found that the peasant who bought his farm was now a prince. One day, digging in the white sand in the stream at the foot of the garden, the peasant saw a shining something that sent his heart to his mouth. Running his hands through the sand, he found it sown with gems. Thus were discovered the Golconda mines. Had Ali Hafed dug in his own garden, instead of starvation, poverty and a broken heart, he would have owned gems that made nations rich.”
Story from Newell Dwight Hillis’s book “A Man’s Value to Society”.

As the Puritans say, “The application is easy.”
Photo by David Earl

3 comments:

fcb4 said...

O. Marden has this in one of his books too...great story.

FCB said...

Orison missed few good stories, his book is far more comprehensive than Hillis's, but both are rich mines of inspiration and insightful thought.
Love Dad

Anonymous said...

when they are that good you can share them in an email! -Matt