Pan for gold nuggets. On a recent trip to Victoria, B.C., we had the opportunity to learn how to pan for gold nuggets at the Royal BC Museum. A friendly, knowledgable (and patient) volunteer was teaching my children. It was fascinating watching them practice the technique and see their excitement when the dirt and rocks would wash away (along with small gold flakes) and they were left with some precious small nuggets.
Every experience has value. During a challenging time in business, a mentor shared a metaphor about the Tapestry of Life. Sometimes we focus on the backside of the tapestry (yes, we all do) which looks messy, tangled, frayed and may not seem connected at all.
Have you ever watched a child about to try something new and a little bit scary? I remember encouraging my daughter to jump off the dock and into the lake for the first time. It was priceless – it was like she was walking in place, trying to muster up the courage to take the leap. She would make a false start, bending her legs and leaning toward the water, only to pull back at the last second because it was too unnerving for her.
Anytime something we need is on sale, we buy, almost without a second thought. In fact, we get downright excited to buy! (We even buy things we don’t need, which in hindsight we often regret!). And when prices jump, we will hold off and wait until they drop again.