Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stories of Journeys – For Children and Adults

I had recently just read a delightful little book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho about a young man’s journey from Andalusia Spain to the Pyramids of Egypt. It was centered on the mission of this young man’s search for his Personal Legend, or his personal accomplishment,

“Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.”

How enlightening this can be for us adults, and parents, to see with the eyes of a child. Yet, we reason like a “grown up” when we see our life options as obstacles to our dreams. How many of us have given up on our dreams or accomplishments because of the cards that we are dealt in life. Didn’t finish your degree? Did not take that trip you have always wanted to do? Didn’t make that phone call to that loved one? This is all part of the journey of life, all on the road to accomplishment. Much like the Aesop’s Fable of the fox and grapes, after the effort of trying so hard to obtain those sweet, nurturing grapes, the fox gives up saying that they are sour. But do those dreams go away? We long for those sweet grapes, but because it is so hard to get them, we just give up thinking that they are just a bad idea.

I have read the Wizard of Oz to my daughter (not the red ruby slippers, but the silver shoes). Dorothy had the on-going desire of returning back to Kansas, and along the way made some friends with their own desires, and everyone encounters obstacles along the way, all seeking for the Wizard, who would make their dreams come true. But in the journey itself, they realized, at the end, that they had what they were seeking the whole time. The journey was the confirmation of their desires, and despite the odds and fears, they were able to find out for themselves that anything can be done.

So, we need to think like a child, and take our life’s journey as a child...” "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.,” As Jesus said in Luke, we need to look to God without our pride, fears and “grown up” reasoning and pursue what is pure and just. We all need to pursue our longings and treasures in life, and seeking, God willing, is all part of our journey.

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road!"

1 comment:

NoVA Dad said...

This is a great post; now you're making me want to drop everything else I'm reading to get to this book. I really like the way you tied this to dreams of children; I'm going to pass this around!!