“Mel Fisher, a dreamer, a visionary, a legend and most importantly, the World’s Greatest Treasure Hunter! Mel Fisher did what many have not – he realized his dream during his lifetime. Everyday he insisted, “Today’s the Day”! His mantra continues to inspire the search for the rest of the treasure from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleons that sank during a hurricane on September 6, 1622, near Key West, Florida.
Mel Fisher suffered many personal losses to keep his dream alive during his 16 year search and endured over 100 court battles which ended in victory in the US Supreme Court. The riches Mel Fisher, his team and investors had worked so hard for all those years were finally theirs. The $450 million dollar treasure cache or “Atocha Mother Lode” would be found on that momentous day, July 20, 1985. Over 40 tons of silver and gold were located including over 100,000 Spanish silver coins known as “Pieces of Eight”, gold coins, Columbian emeralds, silver and gold artifacts and over 1000 silver bars.
The immensity of the Atocha’s treasure is staggering. What was only a dream instantly became an undeniable reality.” (Story from the Mel Fisher website-click on his name above.)
Day after day, we dream , we plan, we work, we lose and we try again. The journey to realizing a dream is not usually a smooth one.
Your dream may be emotional healing: freedom from depression, a new beginning after loss, hope, or renewed strength.
Your dream may be to build a future, attain a career, start a business or develop a hobby or interest.
You dream may be to impact others, see your community strengthened or encourage the downtrodden.
Keeping passion alive in the face of obstacles may be exhausting. Mel Fisher started each day reminding himself that “Today’s the Day” when everything might come together and the dream be realized. He faced each barrier, including the loss of his son, as they were presented. Each time he assessed his position. Each time he concluded that he would keep going.
His daughter said he loved to take a six foot long gold chain and put it into the hands of people he met. He loved the spark of inspiration in their eyes as the weight filled their palm.
What are you working toward? Could the realisation of your plan, goal, dream be just around the corner?
As Mel Fisher would say, “Today’s the Day!”
Don’t give up!
One thing I’ve learned during my 65 years on this earth is that everyone’s dream is different. My dream to make it to retirement and finally do what I want to do has happened. I hear about retirement plans, stock portfolios and investments all the time. What about investing in your retirement by developing a happy life before you retire? By most people’s retirement standards I’m dirt poor but in my mind I’m rich because I’m free of the rat race I participated in for over 40 years. I’m off the grid, politically independent, a Christian and single. What else could anyone want or need?
Bob, that is wonderful. Realizing a dream does not have to include wealth. As a young girl, my dream was wholeness. I thank God I have realized my dream as well. And now, I want to help others. So, you are so right…and I’m happy that you have accomplished this goal in your life! I’m sure all the hard work to get here was worth it! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!