Treasuring Life's Gold
"To trace the history of a river, or a raindrop...is also to trace the history of the soul, the history of the mind descending and arising in the body. In both we constantly seek and stumble on divinity, which, like the cornice feeding the lake and the spring becoming a waterfall, feeds, spills, falls, and feeds itself over and over again."
~ Gretel Ehrlich, Sisters of the Earth
The sea sings of pirates who sailed in yesteryear. Its waves slosh onto shores where mystery lies beneath the sand. Did the pirates bury their swag here? Or was it there? Or is it all false legend?
Dave Horner, author of Ship Wreck: A Saga of Sea Tragedy and Sunken Treasure, says yes, citing proof of treasure already found." There were a few who, before hitting the liberty port, were prudent enough to dig a hole and stash away part of their haul....There were occasions when pirates buried their valuables before going into battle....[It] is safe to say that untold fortunes were hidden quickly in rock coves or buried on lonely beaches by roving pirates who never returned. This fact is much in evidence by the many, many finds."
The many, many finds. Treasure buried, abandoned by its original owner. Are you the pirate in your life? Have you buried your treasured talent, abandoned your imagination, perhaps hoping it will be discovered by another?
Many of us have. We've settled into a life that leaves no room for creative success. Instead of reaching for life's gold, we squelch our gifts, burying them like stolen plunder. When the hurricanes come, as they must, our gifts are vulnerable, exposed by the relentless deluge. Seeing the danger of losing them to the tides, we at last reach to hold them close, only to rebury them again once the storm has passed and life has regained its familiar rhythms.
Gail Saltz, MD, author of Becoming Real: Defeating the stories we tell ourselves that hold us back., encourages us to reclaim our artistic wealth. "Life is a gift. It can also be a tremendous struggle. Too many of us wake up every morning anticipating another day trudging up a giant hill dotted with obstacles....In times like this, we find it hard to enjoy life or make the most out of the gifts we've been given. But we do have a choice. We can see life's struggles as something to avoid at all costs -- or we can recognize the struggles are inevitable and choose to approach them as something that can truly be life enhancing, adding to lives intricacy, fascination, creativity and exhilaration."
In A Week at the Beach: 100 life changing things you can do at the seashore Jim and Joanne Hubal challenge us to meet life unafraid, letting the cloudbursts renew and refresh. "Go outside before, during, and after a storm. Watch the clouds move in, feel the wind pick up and change direction, and listen to the rain pelt land and building. Afterward, look for a rainbow and know this moment is your pot of gold."
Do we dare? Why not? We can write amid the silence of snowflakes falling. Or paint beside the chattering stream after the ice melts, our hearts following its soft insistence upon completing its journey to the sea. Emulating water may teach us how to achieve our goals:
Water flows humbly to the lowest level.
Nothing is weaker than water,
Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong, Nothing surpasses it.
~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
We must dig deep if we are to reclaim the riches within. Barbara De Angelis, in Real Moments: Discover the secret for true happiness tells us how.
"Look honestly at your own life. Are your days and nights spent doing things that are meaningful and make you smile? Or do you spend the majority of your time doing things that give back the smallest percentage of joy? When your life is over, will you wish you had spent your life differently? If you had only one month to live, what would you change?
"Look deeply into your own heart. Are you happy? Is there something you think needs to happen before you can be happy? Are you sure that if something occurred, you would truly be happy then? Would it be enough?
"Look closely at the values of your spirit. If you suddenly died tomorrow, and you look back on your life, what moments would you cherish most? What would you miss the most about your time on earth?"
Looking back, we can see the shore where we buried our gold. The sand still glitters with our jewels. We don't need to be pirates abandoning our wealth. We can trim our sails and reverse our course, reclaiming the treasure we left behind. It's time to free the creativity that is buried within our hearts.
By Loretta Kemsley
Women Artists and Writers International
Writer, Editor and Editorial Coach
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