Friday, June 01, 2007

Handling Life’s Treasures

In Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Treasure Island about finding riches, it is interesting to read the description Stevenson gives as to what the finders did with their portion.

In a deft sentence Stevenson writes:

“All of us had an ample share of the treasure and used it wisely or foolishly according to our natures.”

Stevenson meant that Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver went on being themselves and the kind of people that they were, determined what they did with what they discovered.

Treasure comes to us in a host of ways. It’s a sobering thing to consider what is determining how we use it.

Geoff Pound

Image: Treasure Island