Change, Perspective, Life Lessons

my first story

 In my mother’s handwriting the words across the top of the page read,  “your first story”  Pulling the small pages from the bottom of the box I began to read…  “Once a pon a time ther were to stofft dogs named Chrisdy + Matthew. One day they desied to take a look out side so they woked outside and they got coutt and they were taken to jail. I went to the palaeese and I found Chrisdy + Matthew and they nervy no nervy went out of the house a gen and leved happy evry after!”   Brilliant.   I wrote this literary masterpiece when I was 4 and it clearly reflects the truths of my world at that age:   - Words should be spelled just as they sound. - All good stories begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after” - If you leave home, you will be arrested.   In the 30 years since penning this epic tale of adventure my world has changed ever so slightly and those truths have shifted…   - For many adults, “once upon a time” has become “one day” – timeless tales that happened long ago have been replaced by wistful longings for a future not yet realized, yet often just as fictional.   - “Happily ever after” only happens in the now. “Ever after” is an accumulation of this moment and the next, while “happily” is a choice - a way of looking at the world - a determination to do and give and be our best in life’s ever-changing landscape.   - Leaving the safety of home doesn’t imprison you; it sets you free. Travel opens our mind and our world. The unfamiliar and the unknown are incredible teachers and expanders of comfort zones.  How would Chrisdy + Matthew ever grow if they “nervy no nervy” left home again??    - It still makes absolute sense to spell things phonetically.   As you head towards the weekend, may the story you live today be one you’d be delighted to read 30 years later.

In my mother’s handwriting the words across the top of the page read,

“your first story”

Pulling the small pages from the bottom of the box I began to read…

“Once a pon a time ther were to stofft dogs named Chrisdy + Matthew. One day they desied to take a look out side so they woked outside and they got coutt and they were taken to jail. I went to the palaeese and I found Chrisdy + Matthew and they nervy no nervy went out of the house a gen and leved happy evry after!”
 
Brilliant.
 
I wrote this literary masterpiece when I was 4 and it clearly reflects the truths of my world at that age:
 
- Words should be spelled just as they sound.
- All good stories begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after”
- If you leave home, you will be arrested.
 
In the 30 years since penning this epic tale of adventure my world has changed ever so slightly and those truths have shifted…
 
- For many adults, “once upon a time” has become “one day” – timeless tales that happened long ago have been replaced by wistful longings for a future not yet realized, yet often just as fictional.
 
- “Happily ever after” only happens in the now. “Ever after” is an accumulation of this moment and the next, while “happily” is a choice - a way of looking at the world - a determination to do and give and be our best in life’s ever-changing landscape.
 
- Leaving the safety of home doesn’t imprison you; it sets you free. Travel opens our mind and our world. The unfamiliar and the unknown are incredible teachers and expanders of comfort zones. How would Chrisdy + Matthew ever grow if they “nervy no nervy” left home again??
 
- It still makes absolute sense to spell things phonetically.
 
As you head towards the weekend, may the story you live today be one you’d be delighted to read 30 years later.