There is a folktale told where a simple peasant has a dream that under a bridge in a distant city lies a buried treasure. After repeatedly having the dream, he decides to travel to the city.
When he arrives at the bridge late at night he is confronted by a policeman who questions why he is there. The peasant sheepishly tells him about the dream. The policeman laughs and says, “Foolish fellow. I too have been having a dream every night. In my dream, I discover a treasure buried under the stove in the hut of a simple peasant.” The peasant hurries home and after moving the stove finds the treasure.
So many of us today need to move that proverbial stove. Many of us don’t even realize that the treasure exists. Perhaps growing up we were demeaned and told that we were stupid or wouldn’t amount to anything. Others looked at the accomplishments of others and feeling less than, buried their treasure so far down that it was long forgotten.
Fear of failure prevented many of us from bringing our treasure to light. And then of course so many of us were just “too busy with life” to start looking for something as “unimportant” as treasure. Don’t believe those who say there is no treasure or it can never be accessed.
If you always wanted to paint, then go out and buy some brushes and canvas. Start writing the poetry, essays, short stories or novel you always dreamed about. Even if you haven’t picked up that guitar in 10 years, go and dig it out from the bottom of your closet. Return to school to study that subject you were always told was impractical.
Each of us has something precious within which can be retrieved when we make the effort. Part of the joy of uncovering your treasure is that you get to share it with others. They get to enjoy your painting, your article or your lecture on Medieval Tapestries.
Perhaps the greatest gift you give is a reminder to others that buried deep inside of them is their own precious reservoir of valuables, just waiting to be uncovered.