Dig for Hidden Treasure
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it” – Michelangelo
We were designed in the image of our creator to be creators. Our cursed state may have you thinking that we are expected to create something out of nothing. The futility and failure that we know all too well seems to confirm it, but that is not the deepest truth.
The truth is, our part is more discovery than it is invention. Our act of creation is primarily an act of seeking. When you are creating something you are actually on a quest. You are looking for something that wants to be found. You are hoping to unveil something that wants to emerge. We are guaranteed that this particular sort of activity doesn’t end in disappointment… those who seek find.
The risk that we perceive in the parable of the talents is perhaps not so great… with one huge exception, the risk associated with playing it safe. Pull enough curtains back and look under enough stones and you’re bound to find something worth sharing. The master’s anger is perhaps not so unjust. A failure to invest is a failure to release the wonder that is already there. Fear is our biggest enemy in this.
Creating is like digging for hidden treasure, and we are expected to be giving it a go while our master is away. The treasure is all around us.
“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” – Mark Twain