WOW Word-Of-the-Week #420: Treasure

August 22, 2012 by  

Last week a long time subscriber asked me to resend WOW #418 as she could not find it. And then she wrote, “When I searched my email in-box looking for the previous email, I noticed an email I received from my brother in 2007. He had sent me your Wow – Word of the Week #56.”

“My brother let me know he treasured me. I can’t erase the email because it means so much. Thank you for your WOW messages! You touch many lives! Bless you.”

I was so touched by what she wrote that I felt it was a good time to revisit this WOW from six years ago.

Treasure — something of great worth or value.

“Terrible Ted From Tucson”

What is the first thought that came to your mind when you read this word? Did your mind immediately go to a big wooden box spilling over with gold coins, sitting on the bottom of the ocean floor, next to a sunken pirate ship?

My good friend and sailing buddy Ted, said, “Treasure is a good word for one of your WOW’s…. as it doesn’t have to be gold, good friendship fills the bill.”

How many genuine good friends do you have? Do you treasure your friendship and relationship with them? Have you ever told them that you treasure them? If you want to put a big smile on someone’s face, just tell them how much you appreciate them and that you are glad they are in your life.

Friends come and go for a variety of reasons. I have a friend from second grade that I stay in contact with. I have friends from opening restaurants in the ’70’s that I go on vacation with every year. We share lots of old memories and stories.

I have found that when I am open to experiencing new things I meet new people. Had I not taken sailing lessons I would have never met Ted! We now have a core group of sailing buddies, half of which I didn’t know more than two years ago! And my new friends are treasures too! How willing are you to accept new friends into your life? How willing are you to tell the special people in your life that you treasure their friendship?

This week’s focus is on the treasures in your life. Who needs to hear that you treasure them? How would it feel if you told them?

Reader Responses

“Treasure can be something so simple as a smile. That puts the smile on my face for that day and helps me get through to the next day. I treasure the moments with my wife and daughters. When my four-year-old and I walk to the park, I can be present with just her for whatever time we are together. Just pushing her on the swing AS LONG AS SHE WANTS ME TO is special. Emma Phoebe will let me know when she wants to go the monkey bars or another park. And I say, “Sure, let’s go.” When Emma and I go to the park, I intentionally don’t bring my cellphone with me. One day I was pushing Emma on the swing when I noticed a young mother near us, who was texting while she pushed her daughter on the swing. I just had to laugh to myself. We can’t put our gadgets down long enough simply to spend time with our kids. That is the shame. It is the moments and time we have – that are so short – that are treasured by me. I watched an interview of Barbara Walters a couple of years ago. She was asked if there was anything that she wanted out of life now that she had turned 80. Her response: “More time.” I treasure living in the moment and congratulating the temporary, because it goes too fast. Great word, Susan. Take care.” – “Warrior” Joe