I’ve been chatting to my next door neighbour this morning; nothing serious just titbits of neighbourhood gossip and those other general stuff ranging from what he’ll do if he won £113m, to things like why on earth God made creatures like the foxes mating in his garden last night keeping him awake.
Suddenly the topic changed,‘Can you believe this’, he said ‘i dug up all the trees in the garden the other week and found nothing,’ ‘no buried treasure?’ i replied. ‘No! Not even a penny’ came the answer. Jack doesn’t need a hidden treasure; he’s a comfortable gentleman probably in his 70s who don’t need to work at all though he does every now and then to keep his mind active. Besides we live in a relatively new neighbourhood, if ever there were treasures, i think we got there too late.
My conversation with Jack made me realise how we usually dig for treasures in the wrong places, who won’t like to wander into a field like DaveCrisp, 63, who had spent more than 20 years hunting for buried treasure, with modest success. And then gold in April when he dug down a foot into the earth of a field near Frome, Somerset, and found a huge, well-preserved earthenware pot full of coins. (guardian.co.uk).
Good on you Dave; but what if you didn’t have to go that far, need heavy boots or even carry a metal detector; the wealthiest place on earth is the grave yard a wise man said. Now before you go tomb raiding, except in a few cases, the wealth buried in the graveyards are good for no one. The bulk of it refers to dreams and untapped mental abilities that never saw the light of day. There’s always good reasons for not investing into a good dream; would cost too much, takes too much time, would be too difficult, I’m too busy, what if i fail, it’s not dignifying, I’m not good enough, I’m the wrong colour the list is endless.
Your treasure garden lies between your ears; your mind, dig it up, don’t leave it to fallow, it will sweat but it will get better with every effort. Obviously we won’t all be Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, Gandhi or any of the great minds of renown past or present, however we all carry a unique treasure in our gardens that one day could be worth a king’s ransom.
Digging for ideas is similar to mining diamonds a wise man said, you often get the small ones but if you keep at it like our friend Dave Crisp, one day; hopefully not in 20 years, you’ll get that nugget that’ll make it worthwhile. Make sure you don’t stop digging one foot to it.