Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Your Fairy Tale Life

"Every man’s life is a fairy tale, written by God’s hand." - Hans Christian Andersen

I love that quote. It inspires me. It makes me think of all the things that can happen on our journey through life and of all the possibilities that lie before us.

And every fairy tale follows a few key themes:

There is a handsome prince.

There is a fair maiden who will become his princess.

And there are obstacles; often major obstacles that must be overcome before the story can have a happy ending. Sometimes the obstacles are magical in nature, like the poison apple that put Snow White to sleep. Other times the obstacles involve humans, like the wicked stepmother and stepsisters in Cinderella. Or maybe the obstacle is an animal, like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood.

In any case, the obstacles are often huge and seemingly impossible to overcome. This forces the character to live in constant fear or unhappiness, beneath its crushing weight.

But how do we get to the happy ending?

In every story with a happy ending you’ll find that the main character suddenly faces a choice. It’s never an easy choice, but a difficult choice that holds much risk as well as much reward. It’s only when they take the risk to do something different, and often frightening, that they are finally able to overcome the obstacle and create their own “happily ever after."

And the same is true of our lives. We face obstacles that seem insurmountable from a variety of sources. Some of us let the size of those obstacles scare us, forcing us to live in fear or unhappiness for most of our lives. Some of us never break the yokes of our obstacles and so our story never has a happy ending. To change your life, to find the happy ending that you so richly deserve means doing something different, stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking a risk.

Are you ready to write the next chapter in your own fairy tale? Are you ready to create the happy ending that you so richly deserve? There is no time like the present to create the happy ending to your fairy tale.

Until next time…..

Dave Meyer
ECI Learning Systems, LLC

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