“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” – Douglas H. Everett
They say you can tell a lot about a person by discovering their favorite childhood fairy tale.
One of my all-time favorite stories was “The Ugly Duckling.” What does that tell you about me?
I didn’t fit in much as a kid, and I still often feel like I don’t fit in.
As I watch the classic Disney cartoon, I can’t help but notice the Ugly Duckling has four “normal” siblings — as I do. One more thing we have in common.
In the end, The Ugly Duckling finds his real family and learns that he is not an “ugly duckling” at all but rather a “beautiful swan.” I’m still working on realizing this in a consistent and meaningful way in my own life.
Maybe when you see a swan you see a big, beautiful white bird floating on a pond. When I see a swan I see a magical creature who brings hope of dreams fulfilled. That’s one way God speaks to me — through the metaphors of animal totems.
“In your dark night you may learn a secret hidden from modern people generally: the truth of things can only be expressed aesthetically – in story, picture, film, dance, music. Only when ideas are poetic do they reach the depths and express the reality.” — Thomas Moore, Ph.D.
I’m struggling through some challenging stuff right now in the duck yard of life. Swan medicine helps keep me focused on my dreams instead of getting caught up in the day-to-day mud fights and pecking.
“But calm, white calm, was born into a swan.”
— Elizabeth Coatsworth
(Animal Speak by Ted Andrews)
My photo, Dreamer, was shot in Monticello, MN where hundreds of migrating trumpeter swans appear annually from mid-December through the end of February.