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We Are All Sparkling Jewels

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We Are All Sparkling Jewels

Though only a boy of 12, Silas Harper exhibited all the characteristics that ingratiated his elders. It was hard not to like the kid — cheerful, enthusiastic, diligent, helpful — your typical boy scout type. His family eked out a meagre existence on a less than desirable piece of property on the outskirts of town. The rocky outcrops on the small Arkansas farm did not bode well for wheat or corn, so the Harpers did what they could with some livestock and doing odd jobs for the other families in town. Silas, as always, did more than his share to help with the chores.

As he grew into adulthood, his ambitions and charm grew too. Some thought he would become a banker or lawyer. But Silas had bigger dreams than that. "My dad's farm is a nice place, but what would I do with that property?" he asked friends. He didn't get any arguments. The farm was hardly workable and for all intents and purposes was "good for nuttin."

By the time he was 19, Silas had saved enough money to board the train and head west to seek his fame and fortune. He set up an import business in San Francisco and was not only well received by the business community there, but achieved success in a relatively short time. Colleagues liked and trusted him. It seemed that luck was on his side, until several years later when he stood on the street and cried while he watched a fire destroy his business. Everything he had worked for had gone up in smoke.

The Worst Day of My Life

But nothing and no one would ever stand in his way. "I must say that I thought that was the worst day of my life," Silas later recalled, "but that wasn't the only setback I experienced as destiny handed me my fate." Indeed, Silas spent the next forty years spanning the globe, living in exotic places, and putting deals together. However, he was overtaken with illness, dishonest business partners, and other misfortunes.

He sought peace and contentment by eventually finding his way back home. The old homestead had been boarded up for many years, and the farmhouse was in desperate need of repair. But Silas enjoyed the company of his old friends, and he invested what he had to fix the place up.

One spring day, Silas was relaxing in his rocking chair on the back porch of the old farmhouse. It was a nice day. But something was about to happen that would make it very special. A glint of sunlight had caught his eye. It caused him to look up and search the rocky field. Silas caught the spot in the field where the ray of light had come from. He got up, walked over to the spot, knelt down, and saw something. "At that point," he said, "I tried to look more closely. My eyesight hadn't been the best, so I got my spectacles out. I can't say I know one rock from another, but I've been around enough to think I knew what I was looking at."

Within a week, geologists from a state university had confirmed his find. Silas was looking at a diamond. But that's not all. They had surveyed his property and discovered the place was littered with diamonds — so many in fact, that Silas was now sitting on the largest diamond field in North America. That worthless piece of rock infested earth — the same one that Silas had forsaken decades before for opportunity in distant lands — turned out to be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate anywhere. If Silas was bitter before, he could only kick himself now. "If I had only known," he told friends, "that my riches were not only right in front of me, but given to me early, I would have lived my life very differently."

You Already Have the Key

As a rich celebrity, Silas spent the remaining years of his life going to schools and telling students the lessons he learned. They listened intently. "Don't think for a minute that what you are looking for is down that track, or over the next hill. Don't be fooled into thinking that someone else has what you want. Yes, strive for what you seek. Work hard and honestly for what you want. But don't blind yourself to what you can find in front of you right now! You already have the key to unlock the treasures.

"It took me a lifetime to discover the secret I am telling you now. Please don't misunderstand. I'm not telling you to go to the trouble of running outside with a shovel. No, it's much easier than that. You don't even have to get your hands dirty! The trick to finding your treasure involves opening your eyes, and opening your heart. Look in front of you, and within you. Some of you are afraid to look because you have grown comfortable struggling with troubles you've come to expect.

"Believe me when I tell you that you have been given everything you need. You already own the gifts you seek. Don't spend your lifetime seeking your happiness, when in reality, you already have the means to it. Everyone is good at something, and you'll come to find out that the more you share your treasures, the shinier they get, and the more valuable they become. We can become rich beyond imagination when we discover that WE ARE ALL SPARKLING JEWELS."
~ Lee Simonson ~


it has been quite a while since i have updated everyone......
since having the band removed i gained some weight but not as much as i thought i might which is a good thing.....am feeling so much better ......than i have been in quite a very long time......i have a new endocrinologist who is helping me with the hypothyroid,weightloss, and diabetes...this is a most recent development......although the dr's are not convinced that am a true diabetic didn't realize there was a difference!!!! i am also seeing an ob/gyn dr as with one of the problems i was having after the band was removed was severe heartburn which still lingers today.....on the ultra sound they found a large ovarian cyst??? but the thinking at the moment is to watch and leave things alone for now as i have no real symptoms etc...so that is up in the air at the moment am going shortly for my 3rd pelvic ultra sound......with this new endocrinologist i have been feeling much better and am slowly losing some weight finally getting off those very long months of plateaus with no real changes so that to me is the most fantastic change occuring at the moment.....it is not much but for sure it is something........i have felt many times to just give up and forget this journey as if often brought times of feeling i could not accomplish the impossible.......so glad i didn't let those feeling come to pass.....
thanks is it in a nutshell......
thanks so much for dropping by and offering your support..
i truly appreciate it so much as it helps all as we journey here togteher.........
could not have done it without each and everyone here at Sparkpeople.....
blessings and hugs...............lita

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    1512 days ago
    Lita, I hope you are feeling better emoticon .I hope you continue to get the medical care you need. You are a warrior and a very uplifting person. emoticon Thank you for sharing your post and take care.
    1563 days ago
    I have read the story about the diamond but it is always well worth reading again.
    I wasn't aware of your health issues, but I'm glad you're sharing them.
    I am happy to hear that you have found doctors who are working hard with you.
    Your blogs are always inspiring to me and give me great guidance for thought.
    I hope and pray that you're feeling better as soon as possible.
    1566 days ago
    Thanks for the update. I'm so glad you're starting to feel better.

    The diamond story was FABULOUS! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!
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    1567 days ago
    Thanks for the wonderful story, Lita.

    And also updating us on what is happening with you.
    Glad you like your new Dr. and wishing you nothing but the best in all aspects of your life.

    1569 days ago
    Loved the message for today AND keep on finding out what you can do with the doctors' help to move toward better health.

    1569 days ago
    Gee, I didn't know your background, so I am surprised to read the update. It sounds like there is a mixed bag of blessings there. I am praying all goes well.
    1569 days ago
    What a truly inspirational story, Lita! Thank you for sharing it!
    Since joining SP, the rollercoaster has taken many turns for you; I can only pray that discovery of the cyst leads to positives not yet foreseen.

    1569 days ago
    So inspirational. It's more than wonderful to hear that you too, while fighting your battles, were tormented to quit on top of every physical shred of evidence (even a possible *false* diagnosis) but... regardless of being PUSHED to the edge... though you nearly gave in to those feelings of way too much to continue and too overwhelming, you reached out - reached in - reached UP, and here you are, STANDING. Still supporting us while you, yourself, have wrestled behind the scenes. Thank you for hanging on, my friend. There would be DARK in many of our lives (mine for sure) if your journey just VANISHED from our eyes. emoticon
    1569 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    So glad you are now working with a good endocrinologist. Looks like he's a big help to you!
    I hope everything continues to go well for you!
    1569 days ago
    Glad to hear your update, Lita. Hope things continue well. Your positive presence here on Spark is most appreciated and I look forward to your daily updates and blogs and challenges!
    1569 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for the encouragement to be who GOD made each one of us to be. So glad, too, that you are doing much better! emoticon
    1570 days ago
    What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.
    1570 days ago
    You're a jewel and an example
    1570 days ago
  • DEE107
    glad you have a doctor to work with you keeping you in my prayers my friend hugs
    1570 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Beautiful story Lita. We should see what we have right in front of us yes we are all sparkling jewels. Happy about your update, glad you are feeling better, so glad you did not give up.
    I appreciate you so much big emoticon emoticon
    1570 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    What a GEM you are for sharing such a great photo and story. Best wishes for getting the long list of medical concerns under control.
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    1570 days ago
    So happy to hear your update Lita!
    Excellent news that you are getting looked after finally and finding some much needed support.
    You are a DIAMOND my friend.

    1570 days ago
    Shine On!
    1570 days ago
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