Treasure hunter Jennifer Docker has recovered a lot of expensive artifacts over the years. But the most valuable thing she’s found wasn’t worth a dime.
Jennifer was diving at the bottom of a river scouring for treasure when she found a bottle buried in mud. The cork had partially rotted away, but inside, still mostly intact, was a handwritten message. Back on the boat, Jennifer retrieved the note and unrolled it. It was dated November 1926 and read: “Will the person who finds this bottle return the paper to George Morrow in Cheboygan, Michigan and tell him where it was found?”
Jennifer posted a photo of her discovery on social media. By morning, it had been viewed 100,000 times. Then, a few days later, Jennifer heard from George Morrow’s daughter, Michele, who was moved to tears when she saw her late father’s handwriting and thrilled to be reunited with his message, written when he was only 17 years old.
Treasure is often thought of as a thing, like gold coins, new cars, and piles of money. But treasure is also an action. It’s something you do. You look beyond the dollar signs to a thing’s deeper, unseen value … and you bless others with it.
Which is why even though Jennifer’s message in a bottle had no monetary value, she still considers it her favorite discovery … because some things don’t fill our pockets. They fill our souls.