The essential question that's taken
me down many paths, each one vastly different than the previous, has
been the seed of every story, plot twist and character. Once asked, the
answers that appear on the pages often amaze me, as the tale unfolds.
Frequently, I have no idea what the
characters are going to do or what will ultimately happen until the
story comes to an end. Similar to life itself, while in the process,
the ending may not be as originally envisioned and seldom apparent until
it has arrived.
Being open to receive what life
offers, when unsure of how to ask for what is wanted or needed -and
those two ideas can be worlds apart- is the beginning.
Traditional storytellers, from
early cultures diverse as the Cherokee Indians and the tellers of tales
in the marketplaces of Arabia, explain: from stories we learn how to
In books, movies, and stories of
every sort, exploration of vicarious experience can, if one chooses to
learn from the lessons of the story's characters, help us to make better
choices when faced with comparable dynamics in our own lives.
For a more definitive understanding
of the meaning and application of these legendary elements, I recommend
Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces.