“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures within you? Look, I don’t know what’s hidden inside you. I have no way of knowing such a thing. You yourself may barely know, although I suspect you’ve caught glimpses. I don’t know your capacities, your aspirations,your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence,because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its amusement and for ours. The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.
The hunt to uncover those jewels - that’s creative living.
The courage to go on that hunt in the first place - that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.”
This is from Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, a book recommended by my dear friend Eve. It was as if she was asking me that question: Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures within you?
No, I don’t have courage. But what Elizabeth Gilbert is describing - “living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear” - is something I so desperately want that I can take a small step toward discovering my purpose, toward a better life.
Do you believe there is something wonderful inside each of us?
If not, why not? If so, what’s one small step you can take?
Note: my next post will be on Saturday, January 9th. Enjoy the holidays!