Find the Gold

Most Boomers will remember the old-school submarine voyage at the original Disneyland in Anaheim. Back in the day there were live mermaids sunbathing in the lagoon who gave a friendly wave as the Magic Kingdom’s entranced visitors strolled by.

I remember being with my stern but caring grandfather and my two sisters the first time we went on the submarine. I bought the whole experience hook, line, and sinker. I thought we were diving beneath the sea, partly because of the rising water bubbles that appeared at each port hole as the vessel submerged. The captain and crew appeared to be honest to goodness seamen – not costumed Disney cast members. There were all the mechanical sounds, the smell of murky ocean water, and every other detail needed to convince a young mind that they were about to embark on a deep oceanic dive. Quite an adventure under the sea long before Ariel had ever been sketched by a Disney imagineer . . .

And just like a submarine dives down then eventually returns to the surface, so are the talents and treasures inside each of us. Yours may have already been identified and put to ongoing good use. But perhaps you’re still waiting for your own golden giftedness to be discovered in the depths of your soul. Don’t doubt it, there is gold there!

It is often the case that we do not see our very own treasure as it lies in the deep, under water, undiscovered. It may require another to help us recognize it and assist us in bringing it to the surface. Only in the light of day can it be appreciated, heralded and used for good in a plethora of ways.

I read a directive on Instagram yesterday that inspired today’s post. It simply read, “Find the gold in other people’s lives and bring it to the surface.”

So let it be written, so let it be done. 2020’s a memory, hello 2021!

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