A Treasure Hunt: SOLC #23

I like to think of each day a treasure hunt. I look for those hidden gems–sometimes only unseeable because of my own shortsightedness.

On those days when everything seems unbearably humdrum, monotonous, with sameness coloring my every thought, I have to stretch myself to find something, anything at all, that I can classify as treasure.

I was finding myself in the humdrum doldrums on a recent walk at the beach. Impossible, you say! The beach couldn’t possibly be boring or mundane. Except when my brain fills with negative thoughts…all the I want-tos that just can’t happen…yet.

Time for a treasure hunt.

Winter tides bring lots of rock onto the shore. And sometimes, when the light is right and I look at just the right angle, I’ll notice the glint of buried treasure. Sea glass comes in a variety of colors, sizes, shapes, and degrees of ocean sanding. It’s always such a treat to come across a piece during a walk along the shore.

Sometimes the treasure is all about just how you look at something. There’s a place along the beach that we call “the corner.” The cliff juts out a bit, making it tricky to get around when the tide is high. But when you look at that corner, the cliff itself, just right, a face appears. Another treasure. Judge for yourself.

You never know when you’ll come across the remains of someone’s work of art. It might be a stack of stones: a beach cairn. It might be an image raked into the sand. And sometimes it’s a sand castle. This treasure caught my eye because of its creative use of algae. Even in its tumbledown ruin, you can see the brilliance of the design…and the cloudy light also brings a certain feeling of low-key ambiance that whispers treasure in my ear.

Reliving this treasure hunt brightens my day. Remember that treasure is in the eye of the beholder–that the littlest of bright spots can make all the difference in the way you feel at the end of the day. Make time for a little treasure hunt. I’d love to see what treasures you find!

5 thoughts on “A Treasure Hunt: SOLC #23

  1. lgrainger125

    Thanks for the reminder for the treasure hunting. I take the same walk twice each day for about 30 minutes each time. I’m noticing changes, but I need to seek the treasures. Thanks for the slice.

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  2. Ameliasb

    I met with a family yesterday that was so excited because they found a painted rock on one of their beach trips and was looking forward to leaving their own painted rocks when they returned. I love looking for hidden treasures – that’s why I take photographs. It’s often when i get home and pop them on the computer that I “see” the real treasure of what I captured with my lens.

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  3. mbhmaine

    Oh, I just got here and Kevin stole my comment! lol that really was just such a beautifully crafted paragraph and that line in particular popped for me. Thanks for taking us along on your treasure hunt and reminding us of the power of the lens we choose. Happy treasure hunting!

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