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My Kingdom for a Fairy Tale

“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.” --  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

With television shows and movies re-envisioning the familiar world of fairy tales, it has become clear how much power fairy godmothers, wizards, witches, and evil queens packed in a wand, mirror or staff. They could put a kingdom to sleep, conjure poison apples, engulf a city in thorns, and even send a fire-breathing dragon to do their dirty work.  These days, if I had a magic wand, I would wave it and cast a spell so that the kingdom I spend every day living in, working in, and protecting would find it impossible to do the following:

·         Offer complaint without offering a viable solution

·         Ask the same question at every opportunity without really listening for the answer

·         Look at people as line items to be deleted, reduced, or reconfigured

·         Succeed without imagination

·         Crush hope and monger fear

·         Believe a good plan is one that feels safe and comfortable

In fact, the spell would be so powerful that the kingdom would find itself:

·         Adopting tenderness and tolerance while banishing callousness and bigotry

·         Embracing risk as a powerful endorphin, second only to love

·         Looking to what could be rather than what is

·         Creating a world where happiness has priority and worry is seen as a waste of precious expendable energy

·         Seeing passion as a powerful entity, a necessary ingredient in order to reach that fairy tale ending

And I would revel in the chance to tell future generations the tale that began with “Once upon a time there was a kingdom . . .” and ended with “and they all lived happily ever after.”

© Kelly Tweeddale 2012