What a difference a year makes

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It’s been quite a year…so many changes!  Life has taken me in a direction that I would have never planned.  Funny how that works, huh?  My life hasn’t gone the way I planned!  But in the course of many disappointments, sorrows, and betrayals, and pain, I have grown and learned and I now recognize that I am on a path to freedom.

So, welcome back to anyone who is kind enough to still read my blog.  Over the course of my next posts I will share some of my new-found freedom.  I will try not to overuse platitudes such as ‘when one door closes….’ but there is wisdom in sayings that have lasted through the ages.

Sometimes it does take a hammer to jolt you out of a situation where you are dying inside.  And…it often takes a very long time to realize that it is good, all good.  They say, ‘freedom comes at a cost’ (another platitude) – it did for me.  And so, as I continue meandering towards freedom, I hope you will come along.

Mirror, mirror on the wall….

So, Phil’s comment from yesterday got me thinking…. Which fairy tale would I recommend???

I love happy endings…we see that a lot in these tales, maybe that’s why they are so popular. But after some insomniatic (is that a word?) thinking I began to look at these in a new way – let’s have some fun….

Cinderella – the ‘ugly’ step sisters? Couldn’t they just be described as plain old mean? I’ll bet if they were a bit kinder, they may not have been so ‘ugly’ after all! Remember that cliche – beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Cinderella, in all her inner beauty, would have been able to see them as beautiful if they were just a little nicer.

Show White – couldn’t the queen have desired Snow White’s magnanimity instead of her beauty? After all, the queen was once beautiful, but age changed her….why couldn’t she have been graceful about it rather than so jealous of Snow White’s youthful looks?

Chicken Little – now there’s a story about going off the deep end! Just goes to show the snowball effect of fear!

Beauty and the Beast – well, we’re getting closer….Beauty could see the ‘beauty’ in the beast and her kindness and love transformed him, but again, he didn’t stay ‘looking’ like a beast – he was transformed into a handsome prince – it’s that obsession with looks again.

The Emperor’s New Clothes- Oh, I JUST LOVE THIS ONE! Can’t tell you how many people I’d love to tell – ‘look in the mirror, buddy’, and perhaps, I should look in one too, to make sure I’m wearing some clothes, if you know what I mean…..

OK – BASTA!

My recommendation….Pinnochio! for this reason – ‘When you wish upon a star, MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHO YOU ARE’ – you don’t have to be beautiful, it makes no difference, we’ll all equal when we wish upon that star (or say that prayer)….

Let’s celebrate those lyrics:

When you wish upon a star (or, when you say that simple prayer)
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream (or, when your heart is in your prayer)
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star (when you say that simple prayer)
As dreamers do (as pray-ers, or lovers do)

Fate is kind  (God is kind)
She brings to those to love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through (God steps in and sees you through)
When you wish upon a star (when you say that simple prayer)
Your dreams come true