The context I am writing in is along the lines of: When we can identify and appreciate our emotions, we are able to carefully engage both emotion and cognition in the decision making process which makes it a "very valuable" destination point when we are able to get to that stage.

I'd like to use an idiom to describe this "very valuable destination point", the best I've come up with so far is discovering a gold mine:

When you are able to use your knowledge to transform your feelings into a positive and productive force, you will have found a gold mine.

Is there a more common idiom that would work here? Is there one that would fit better within the context of emotions?

  • What does discovering a gold mine have to do with navigating emotions? – Jason Bassford Sep 13 at 19:27
  • @JasonBassford The context I am writing in is along the lines of: When we can identify and appreciate our emotions, we are able to carefully engage both emotion and cognition in the decision making process which makes it a "very valuable" destination point when we are able to get to that stage. – metaphor Sep 13 at 20:59
  • Suppose, if there is a suitable idiom, how you are going to use it in a sentence. Can you provide an example sentence with a dash? – mahmud koya Sep 14 at 5:45
  • Your question should indicate what basic research you've performed, for example thesaurus searches on valuable. – Jim Reynolds Sep 14 at 7:01
  • Thank you. Suppose if I were to use the idiom "gold mine", it would be: When you are able to use your knowledge to transform your feelings into a positive and productive force, you will have found a gold mine. – metaphor Sep 14 at 9:55

to strike gold OED idiom in the figurative

(fig.) to find (a source of) great profit or success.

As in:

When you are able to use your knowledge to transform your feelings into a positive and productive force, you will have struck gold.

I'd say that a more common idiom than "finding a gold mine" is hitting the mother lode:

informal to produce or find something that will make you very rich, happy, or successful: They hit the mother lode with their second album.

Longman dictionary

The mother lode is:

the place where the largest amount of gold, silver, etc., in a particular area can be found

Merriam-Webster

So it's analogous to your "discover a gold mine", but in my experience it's more idiomatic.

Note: I'd tend to spell it motherlode as one word, but all serious references I can find spell it as two separate words.

  • There's also "struck/strike oil", which has the same connotation as "finding the mother lode", just with a different valuable substance. – pboss3010 Sep 14 at 11:49
  • @pboss3010 - Good one. Worth a separate answer IMO (I'd upvote it). – AndyT Sep 14 at 15:13

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