This week we have one of our regular guest posters: Amy, thank you , for another delightful post!
"There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way. One bitter day, when they seek it and cannot find it, they realize what they have lost; and that is the tragedy of life. On that day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again; and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they, can bring us tidings from that dear country where we once sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles. The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
— Lucy Maud Montgomery (The Story Girl)
Over the past few weeks I have had the utmost pleasure of rediscovering, through an old friend, the wonderful and inspiring words of Lucy Maud Montgomery. You all know Montgomery, I am sure - writer of the classic tales of Anne Shirley.
Anne Shirley has always been my heroine. So much so, the Anne in my daughters name came as a result of the effect Anne Shirley had on my life. I used to think I was Anne of Green Gables and would lie by the lake reciting poetry praying that Gilbert Bligh would sweep my off my feet. I became a teacher, just like Anne. I am a dreamer, just like Anne and now, as I get older I am becoming a storyteller, just like Anne. Maybe, just maybe, I am the modern Anne of Avonlea?
All this got me to thinking of the power of story telling. I am a creative person – a drama and music teacher. I don’t think mathematically or scientifically, I think with my heart. Books, music, theatre, photography, art, architecture all awaken my soul. Without creative inspiration I would be lost.
So today I am grateful for my dear friend who has brought me back to Montgomery. You are a kindred spirit through and through.
I am grateful for Montgomery whose literature makes my heart sing, Anne Shirley who set my imagination free and all storytellers whose words can have such a profound affect on our souls.
I am grateful to my friend Kim who I love sharing books with.
I am grateful for creativity, for imagination. Grateful for music, art, and my beloved theatre.
I am grateful for Hailey Bartholomew whose photography was my saving grace. You are a creative genius!
And most of all I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story through 365.
I think Montgomery also understood the power of gratitude –
"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
— Lucy Maud Montgomery
Be creative. Start a 365 grateful project today in whatever medium inspires you!
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