The famous motivational Victorian lecturer Russell H. Conwell wrote the essay Acres of Diamonds. This story has inspired me and many other people. Russell H. Conwell delivered this story more than 6,000 times between 1877 and 1925. He was a minister and a former newspaper correspondent.
The story is about the life of a Persian farmer named Ali Hafed who sold his farm and decided to travel the world. Ali left his family to find his fortune. Ali looked everywhere for diamonds and could not find any. He eventually took his own life as a homeless pauper. The farm he sold was lovingly cared for by the new owner. He was grateful for every inch of dirt and blade of grass. The new owner had a wonderful family that supported and loved one another. While the new owner was caring for his land he crossed his stream and noticed a flash of bright blue and red light on the bottom of the stream. Weeks later a visitor noticed the brilliant rock that sat in the farmer’s living room and asked the farmer about it. He told the farmer he believed the rock was a diamond. The visitor was right about the rock, which turned out to be one of the world’s largest diamonds. The simple farmer became wealthy beyond his dreams because of his discovery right in his own backyard of acres of diamonds.
We all have acres of diamonds in our lives waiting to be discovered and mined. One of my diamonds is Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church. I discovered this diamond in my backyard over 25 years ago. Will GPUC be one of your diamonds? Will you look for the opportunities for personal success, happiness and inspiration at GPUC? Will you make new friends and share GPUC with your family? It really is as close as your own backyard.
“Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.” –Russell H. Conwell