A few days ago I read an old story written about a man named Ali Hafed who sold his idyllic farm and wandered the world in search of diamonds. His search yielded nothing and his dreams of being wealthy did not come true. Finally, penniless and poor, Ali threw himself into the ocean off the coast of Spain and drowned himself.
Meanwhile, the man who purchased Ali’s farm discovered an entire acre of diamonds as he plowed the fields that Ali had once owned and walked over each day.
As I read this story, I was reminded of a woman that I saw through my office window. She was walking very briskly down the sidewalk. Her manner and her gate made me think that she was very focused on her objective and very determined to get there. Behind her a small child followed. I think she must have been about 3 or 4 years old. I also think this child belonged to the woman she was following. This child was singing as she walked and kicking at fallen leaves; picking them up, throwing them, laughing; her hair blowing in the wind.
Too often, like Ali Hafed and this woman, we ignore the miracle that is with us as we search for something that is just beyond our vision and just beyond our grasp.
Miracles surround us. If only we had eyes to see them.
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