One day she got the exciting news that she was pregnant and she was so overwhelmed with joy. Then just a couple months later she learned that she had lost that baby and felt a pain she had never imagined.
Over the course of the next ten years her child visited her in her dreams. The child gave comfort and guidance, reassuring her that some day the child would return to stay.
Then after going through a divorce, a personal enlightenment, and reconstructing a whole new self-identity the young women learned she was again with child. This time the child arrived healthy and perfect though the young woman learned that parenting was much more emotional and complicated that she had expected. Never-the-less it was a dream come true and she learned as she went drawing strength from the identity she had for herself, her husband's love, and the joy of seeing and holding her daughter after the long wait.
While the story still has many chapters unwritten, the woman is sure they will live gratefully ever after.
Today is national Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Every fairy tale experiences some conflict and challenges and if we look closely there is usually only one or two "chapters" of the characters life provided to give us the happily ever after we enjoy reading. We all have the ability to live a "fairy tale". We all have chapters that are happy and success stories and chapters that are challenging. We all have the choice on whether we will live happily or at least gratefully ever after. What will you choose? What is your fairy tale?
May today remind us of all the joys we have experienced. May we picture our happily ever after and move toward it with fluidity and gratitude. Have a beautiful day!