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Text by: Jacque Crosswell Watene

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
-Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist
and Critic, 1854-1900)
Dear Polite Society Reader,

We have now journeyed together for a full six months — a true milestone! Do you find yourself any happier than when you began this Polite Society quest of self? Do you ever realize suddenly that you are smiling for no apparent reason? Are you feeling a general sense of joy about your days? Or are you still struggling with life and self? Have you been keeping a journal of gratitude, writing in your daily dialogue pages, partaking in frequent media fasts, and generally slowing down to "smell life's roses"? If not, ask yourself why not? What could be holding you back from making positive changes in your life? If it is true that we are the creators of our own world, then maybe it is time to take the creative process of life a little more seriously.

© Jessica Ceason Photography

In this issue of Polite Society Magazine, we will work together to uncover the lost and forgotten treasures within ourselves. We will go on a metaphorical excavation of our truest self; an archaeological dig of self-discovery to somehow find and retrieve those buried dreams and desires we felt undeserving of. We will allow ourselves to find triumph in tribulation; an open door where there were only walls, love in the midst of pain, wisdom in the throes of life's toughest lessons, growth in seemingly dormant times, beauty in the connection of self to the common experiences of others, and passion reawakened within our souls until finally the treasure of our most authentic self is revealed.

The authentic self is the soul made visible.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

How will we attempt to accomplish this? Through the expertise and personal experience of the Polite Society Magazine contributors, of course! These writers, editors, and photographers have worked diligently (for no monetary compensation whatsoever) to give you, our beloved readers, the best they have to offer as far as experience, talent, advice, wisdom, and creativity go, so we may all benefit from this inner-exploration to reveal the greatest versions of ourselves. This issue will be no different as we seek together to find the mythical X that marks the spot to our own buried treasure. What will we uncover? What wonders lie ahead? Perhaps we will feel as Jim, the treasure hunter of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, does when he writes, "I now felt for the first time the joy of exploration."

Above all, our hope, dear reader, is that you will discover your true worth, and remember always the old adage, "The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart."