You come to me asking for treasure.
I take you to a wide field and hand you a spade.
“Dig” I say, “for I assure you there is treasure in this field.”
Do you dig?
And if so, for how long?
Half an hour?
“What’s the treasure?” you might ask. “Is it worth digging for?”
“Oh yes,” I say, “it’s the most valuable thing in the world.”
And so you dig.
After half an hour you discover an ancient coin you think may be very valuable. “Is this it?” you ask.
“Oh no,” I say, “for although money is valued by many, it is not the most valuable thing in the world.”
You carry on digging.
After a day, your back and shoulders ache and you can’t help thinking ‘this is crazy’, but you carry on and discover an underground spring.
“Is this it?” you ask.
“Oh no” I say, “for although all living things need water, it is not the most valuable thing in the world.”
So you move to another part of the field and carry on digging.
As the week goes on, you start to notice little birds hopping about as you dig, pecking at the worms you are uncovering. You start feeling stronger and enjoy the sun on your back. Your body aches less and the blisters on your hands heal.
The wind sings in the long grass and bees buzz around the meadow flowers.
Every day you dig somewhere new and every day you notice something new. Ants scurrying, a horse whinnying, the cooling rain, the rich soil.
On the 7th day you stand with your foot on the spade and look towards the hills feeling at peace with yourself and the world.
Just at that moment, I pass by and it takes you a while to notice me.
When you do, you say “I’ve been digging all week and I still haven’t found anything.”
“I think you have.” I say.
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