Today is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. The thing about fairy tales is we really can live them if we choose. The fairy tale above is a very brief version of my own life.
Fairy tales were meant to pass on life lessons. Some of them teach about naiveté or about truly following your heart. Others teach about conquering evil and if you view the different characters as symbolism for different aspects of yourself or different challenges life offers; you may just realize they apply a lot more than you thought. No, most of us do not have a evil witch casting spells on us. Most of us are not royal princesses. And, to my disappointment, I have still never gotten to dance with an owl in a cloak and hat. But the underlying message applies and not always in the dated way it was meant to either.
We don't need a prince or princess to save us. We need that aspect of ourselves to save us by realizing we are worthy. And from there we can find real love and share it with another person if we choose.
The two most important elements of the fairy tale are recognizing our worth and strength and changing our perspective to give us a happily, or gratefully, ever after. The fairy tales never said they characters never had a fight or struggles to pay a bill or had their home get hit by a natural disaster. We generally assume that because it isn't what we envision as "happy". But happy is a perspective and it can be just as true during hardship if we choose to focus on what we still have and the blessings around us. Perhaps this is why I find "gratefully" ever after more fitting.
I'm grateful for my story. I'm grateful for all the relationships that taught me about myself. I'm grateful for my big heart and ability to love people. I'm grateful to have learned to give myself that same love. I'm grateful for an amazing husband that is not perfect but is human and real and my soulmate. I'm grateful to not be perfect either and know that it is a good thing. I'm grateful for our beautiful family. I'm grateful for all the times of sunshine and all the storms that all got me to this beautiful place of gratitude. And I'm grateful to see that fairy tales can be real and we can come out the other side with a "happily ever after".
How many times has life thrown you a plot twist? How many times have you been "poisoned" or "locked in a tower"? And so far you have survived one hundred percent of those challenges. You're still here! And that alone is something to be grateful for in my book. So how will you find your gratefully ever after in your perspective?
May today remind us life is a journey. May we see that every mountain climbed has a beautiful ski slope or sledding hill of joy on the other side. May we know that every wind in the road of our journey has something to teach us. And may we find gratitude and joy along the way. Have a beautiful day!