Joyce Meyer said “all of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.” When I was 4 years old I went through a trauma that said it wasn’t safe to be seen or heard. I then spent most of my adult life trying to figure out why I always seemed to have one foot on the gas, and one foot on the brake. Most of us experienced something in our early childhood, from conception through the 5th year or so, that became a unconscious program running in the background of our decision making process.

I went for professional help because I had buried the memory and could remember nothing until I went to school with the first grade. Once I uncovered the memory, I could see how this one experience had impacted my entire life.

We all have these buried treasures that we were gifted with to share with the world. They must be dug up, polished up, and shared. It is these treasures which will shift the world to a better place for all of us. I write to share my treasures with everyone. I am working very hard to help the nonprofits be able to share their treasures with the world.

Elizabeth Gilbert in her book “Big Magic” called this “strange jewels” which are buried within us, waiting to be uncovered. She went on to say, “You have extraordinary treasures hidden within you. Bringing forth those treasures takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion.”

Most of us spend our lives looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. If we are the perfect child, the perfect student, the perfect spouse or parent, or the perfect employee, then we will be fulfilled. Nothing outside of ourselves can really provide long lasting validation, security or love. We can get temporary fixes which fail, and then we are on our way to the next partner, or job. Or we condemn ourselves as failures and stop seeking any kind of love, security or fulfillment.

The great religious leaders recognize the truth of this. Pope Francis said “We are all jars of clay, fragile and poor, yet we carry within us an immense treasure.” Joel Osteen recognized the truth that the love of ourselves is how we bring this treasure out into the world. He said, “If you don’t love yourself in the right way, you can’t love your neighbor. You can’t be as good as you are supposed to be.”

The Founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, Michael Beckwith took it a step farther when he said, “We are on the planet to …, wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within us.”

We all have these treasure maps inside of us, which lead us to the divine treasure of love. Love of Self, Love of God and Family, Love of the World. We are all diamonds in the rough, and the journey through this divine love reveals the beauty of the diamond within us.

“I Love Us.”

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.