The Gypsy Is A Diamond To Appreciate!

Writer, educator, author,  commentator, philosopher, Earl Nightingale used to speak of “diamonds in your backyard.” I remember listening to my father’s old cassette tapes and Nightingale’s smooth honey-dripping mellifluous voice would dispense nuggets of wisdom that even as a young boy, I remember to this very day. The story referring to diamonds was about a man searching and scouring the world for diamonds and wealth and all the things in life that he didn’t have. The man in the story didn’t focus on all the joys and positive gifts in his life.Instead, he chose to overlook them all and take them for granted. It wasn’t until he finally got home to look in his own backyard did he see that he had a diamond mine sitting  there the whole time.

A different but similar story triggered this recollection of my childhood memory of Earl’s story. I read about The Gypsy and how she was overlooked and taken for granted until it was discovered that she was much more! In fact, she was such a diamond that Illusionist David Copperfield desperately wants her for his prized collection. Check it out. It’s amazing!

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on August 29, 2011, in Education & Support, Media & Trends and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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