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There was a king who presented his daughter a diamond necklace. However, late that night, a thief stole the necklace from the palace. The king put out a decree “whoever found the necklace would be rewarded with enough grain and cattle to live comfortably for many years.”
A merchant was walking by the river when he saw shimmering. He looked closer and was certain it was the princess’ diamond necklace. Although the river was muddy, the merchant put his hand out to grab the necklace. Surprised he had missed it, he could still see the necklace shimmering in the water. The merchant waded into the river and, standing over the necklace, the merchant squatted and closed both hands together, but again missed the necklace. Determined to get the necklace and win the kings reward for his family, the merchant decided to plunge completely into the river. After grabbing everywhere the merchant was covered in mud and bewildered.
A passerby saw the merchant and called to him. But the merchant remained quiet. The passerby again asked the merchant if there was a problem and promised he meant no harm. The merchant finally relented and explained about the necklace. The passerby sighed and recommended that the merchant look upward, toward the tree branches. The clerk looked up and there, dangling on the branch of a tree, was the necklace shimmering in the sunlight. He had been trying to capture a mere reflection.
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” - Henry David Thoreau