Box of Gold

Box of gold

There are certain people outside the world of risk management and safety that we love because they inspire us to be the best in our industry without knowing our industry.  One such person is Mark Devine a former Navy Seal and creator of SealFit.  He recently wrote an excellent blog post on finding your hidden talents. Here’s the recap of the important part:


Eckhart Tolle begins his book, The Power of Now, with a parable about a homeless man who has been panhandling from the same spot for 30 years. One day, the homeless man has taken up his perch, sitting on a box alongside a road, the same place he’s set up shop for a third of a century. A stranger walks up and the homeless man reflexively reaches out with an upturned ball cap.

“Spare some change?” the homeless man asks.
“I have nothing to give you,” replies the stranger.
“What is that you’re sitting on?”
“Just an old box. I’ve been sitting on this for as long as I can remember.”
“Ever look inside?”
“No,” said the homeless man. “What’s the point?”
“Have a look inside.”

The beggar stood up and then pried open the box. To the homeless man’s astonishment the box is full of gold.

Tolle, in his fine book that describes a path toward becoming free of the damning self-created limitations that ego can trap us with, uses the parable to describe how each of us has a buried source of wealth within fingertip reach.

Tolle writes, “Those who have not found their true wealth, which is the radiant joy of being and the deep, unshakable peace that comes with it, are beggars, even if they have great material wealth. They are looking for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love, while they have a treasure within that not only includes all of those things but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.”


Many of us face the same problems day-in and day-out and never use the solution sitting right there in front of us.  Say it isn’t so?  Work comp claims never come down, ergonomic problems continue, IAQ issues stay the same, audits don’t get done, policies are never written or revised.  Sound familiar.  I see it all the time.  This coming year (2016) it is time to open our box of gold and become the change we want to see in our schools, cities and organizations.  If you need help finding your box of gold or opening it, call me and I will help you discover it.

Already opened your box of gold – share your story below so others can find theirs.

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