It is far easier to believe that the treasure we seek must be found in some far-away place than close at hand. Many old stories say that we seek for what is within us all along. This message becomes clear only after we have exhausted all other avenues. The treasure that was there all along cannot be revealed until we experience the extremes of our own lives. At the far end of our walking and waking, of our worrying and working, we begin to turn back to our original purpose. On the arc of return we also turn within and find what we had carried all along.

You may ask, “Why weren’t we told about this in the beginning? We could have stayed home and saved all the travel and trouble, all the trials and tribulations?” Not true. It is necessary to go all the way to the end of our dreams in order to learn where the dreaming comes from. We carry what we seek, but it takes a lot of bumps and hard knocks, losses and loosening, to shake it loose.

Our journey to the center of self requires us to go far out into the world in order to learn to look closer in. Only in turning back do we learn to see with different eyes and know the way. To see what’s in our heart we first must first cast our dreams upon the world and see enough of the road of life. All the detours, strange side-trips, and reversals are necessary for us to find the way

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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