December 2, 2022

Rocky Fields Of Diamonds

Maximize your unique strengths, start with what you have and do the work. Drew Simmie.

Perhaps you are familiar with it…the story about a farmer in Africa who had heard tales about many who made their fortunes by prospecting for diamonds in far off lands. Rumours abounded about the number of people staggering under the weight of the bags.

So the farmer, tired of tilling his sandy, stone strewn land for so many years, dissatisfied with the meagre results, decided one day to join them.

He sold off his unproductive farm and set out prospecting, seeking his fortune.

Meanwhile, the man who had bought his farm, as he walked his property one day, tripped over a small piece of rock. He didn’t know what it was but it looked interesting so he took it home and put it up on his fireplace mantel. A curiosity piece, he thought to himself.

Some months later, a friend of his came to visit. He spied the rock on the mantel.

“Do you know what this is,” he asked?

“No, I don’t,” replied the farmer. “I just saw it lying on the ground and liked it so I brought it home and put it up on the mantel.”

“Well,” responded his guest, with a smile,  “It’s not just a little piece of rock. It’s a diamond, in the rough.”

The idea of this story, of course, is that many of us, dissatisfied with our work, especially in our over-worked, hyper-connected world, occasionally can find ourselves in the middle of our own field of diamonds, frustrated with our performance, vainly eyeing what we think must be better ideas, searching ever farther afield for greater opportunities.

If only we would pause for awhile to explore who we are, what we’re doing and, more importantly why.

If we did, armed with patience, humility and courage, we would find, more often than not, that the riches we were seeking were right under our feet.

There for the picking.


Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay engaged.

I hope to see you back here again.

As always, thank you so much for reading me.



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