Be The One That Finds The Gold

Be the one that finds the gold.

What does that mean to you?

Riches, maybe?

A golden, blessed life where the streets are paved with gold?

Perhaps you might have your cynical hat on and you are thinking “all that glitters is not gold”, meaning that not everything that looks good proves to be so.

We like the pursuit of bright, shiny things don’t we? I include myself in that, with my love of bright colour and sparkly nail polish.

But I like to think I am not shallow, that I can tell the difference between superficial shine and something that is true gold: solid, quality, enduring, of genuine value.

There is a quote that turns it on its head, too…

Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one that finds the gold.

Stop seeing only the negative.

Stop putting yourself down.

Stop putting others down.

Stop dishing dirt, sharing gossip.

Stop constantly complaining.

Stop being part of, or contributing to a problem.

Stop making hasty judgements.

That doesn’t mean I suggest we dance in fields of unicorns and rainbows.

I cannot forget life can be rubbish, difficult, and challenging.

How can I?

I live with loss, trauma, sorrow every day.

My greatest treasure was taken away. The sheen taken from my life, melted and turned from a work of beauty in to something ugly.

I put bright colour and glitter on the surface on my life to give myself something to enjoy, to appreciate, to look forward to because what is the point of living if everything is tarnished?

Life is full of dirt – unpleasantness, challenges, strife – that’s real life, isn’t it? But dirt is not always bad – it helps grow our food, beauty in nature. It helps nourish us, to grow, to flourish.

It is easy, too easy to see only the dirt in life, in other people, things, the world around us.

When we see only the negative – whether it is about ourselves, or about someone or something we blind ourselves to the potential.

We are not always gifted a bar of gold bullion, the precious metal might not already be crafted in to something beautiful.

Sometimes you have to pan for gold. Finding that gold takes a lot of work, tenacity, and determination (and lots of things going wrong along the way if you watch those gold rush TV programmes like my other half does!).

Gold lives in dirt. If you fling away the dirt, you fling away the gold, too.

The point of this stream of consciousness?

Life can be tough, but it can also be beautiful.

But you won’t see that if you only see the negative, the worst of things.

Let’s try our best to see beneath the surface.

Dirt and gold live together, they co-exist, you can separate them but you cannot have one without the other.

So let’s find a way to accept that, to live with it.

That way we can all enjoy the sparkle, grow, and flourish.

Be the one that finds the gold.

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10 Comments on Be The One That Finds The Gold

  1. Becky Cowley
    December 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Love, Love, Love this! Wonderful quote, wonderful words. It’s so important to look for the good, the positive in things even when there doesn’t seem like there’s goodness to find. A brilliant post xx #ThePrompt
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  2. Tim
    December 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm (1 year ago)

    That’s a terrific quote – I’d never seen it before. So many people seem to be focussed on the negative these days, tearing down those who they perceive as better off or who think differently to them. But once you push away those who are ‘different’, the world becomes a much emptier, lonelier place. Why not find the good in people and celebrate that? It’s a great motto to live by.
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  3. Lisa from Lisa's Life
    December 7, 2015 at 8:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. I love that quote too 🙂 I say people are golden that have good qualities, it’s not all about the shiny stuff.

    I would utterly love to dance in a field of rainbows and unicorns too though, what fun! 🙂 x
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  4. Katie / Pouting In Heels
    December 7, 2015 at 6:49 am (1 year ago)

    Such a fabulous post Leigh and you are absolutely right, I love it! I had an unpleasant experience yesterday and your post has absolutely reminded me that gold always exists in the dirt. To find life’s treasures we have to go through the mucky stuff. That just is the way it is. So thank you for the reminder and making me feel much happier with your beautiful, wise words. X
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  5. Sara | mumturnedmom
    December 4, 2015 at 7:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Wonderful post Leigh. This is something that I am working hard on right now, it’s too easy for the negative to over take the positive, especially when things are tough. We really should all try to find the gold. Thank you for sharing your wise words with #ThePrompt x
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    • Leigh
      December 5, 2015 at 11:54 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Sara – it’s important to find that balance in life I think xxx

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  6. Lizzie Roles
    December 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Absolutely love this Leigh, lovely verse. God is also know as a refiner, a refiner refines the gold. I think it’s so easy to fall into the habit of negative thinking, about ourselves and others. You’re wise to say ‘don’t contribute to the problem’ I do that sometimes by moaning! I am trying to stop that and see the very best in each situation. Thanks for sharing your thoughts xo
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    • Leigh
      December 5, 2015 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Lizzie! I think many of us unconsciously contribute to problems by moaning – we’re all human – but I think it’s good to take a step back and reflect what we’re doing and the impact it is having on ourselves as well as others xxx

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  7. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    December 4, 2015 at 7:51 am (1 year ago)

    Oh Leigh these are such wise words my sweet friend! You’re absolutely right about searching for the gold in life, in situations and in others. There is always a sparkle there waiting to be polished into existence and for me it’s all about perspective. Thank you for reminding us of that in this fabulous post xx
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    • Leigh
      December 5, 2015 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you lovely Michelle – perspective is definitely important. Stepping back can help us see through some of the crap and find the gold xxx

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