Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Queen of Chaos

What’s your vision for today? For tomorrow? Where do you want to be a year from now? Ten years down the road?

If you’re like me, it’s hard to plan ahead. Some days I can barely think five minutes ahead, yet I know people who live orderly lives. Their future is mapped out and they surround themselves with organization.

I do not do order. I do chaos. On good days, I do controlled chaos. I admire order, but that’s as far as it goes. Perhaps I was the queen of chaos in a former life.

Ever read The Spyglass by Richard Paul Evans? It’s one of my favorites, but not because of the dialogue or the illustrations. I love the magical story. I love it because it inspires me and moves me away from the ordinary. I love it because it helps me see things not as they are, but as they could be.

In The Spyglass, the king of a struggling kingdom is visited by a mysterious stranger who offers an unusual gift in exchange for supper and a bed for the night. The curious king agrees to his bargain.

The gift turns out to be a spyglass which lets you see things not as they are, but as they could be. The stranger leaves his spyglass with the king for two harvests.

For two years the king visits his people and shows them what could be, through the lens of possibility. He invites them to create change.

When the stranger returns to retrieve his spyglass he finds a prosperous and happy kingdom instead of the miserable kingdom he once visited. Not wanting to lose such a treasure, the king offers the stranger much gold in exchange for the spyglass.

The stranger has one more lesson to teach. He explains that the king no longer needs the spyglass to show him possibilities, for now the king has vision. He and his people understand possibilities.

Like the mysterious stranger, I believe in possibilities. I believe in change. I believe in people and their ability to create change.

In my writing, in my life, in my world, show me possibilities, and then I can do anything. I may be the queen of chaos, but I can make a difference. I can create change.

Join me. Let’s share our vision. Together, we can make a difference. Believe. Create.

Linda Garner

3 comments:

L.T. Elliot said...

I loved this story and have thought of it many times since we last met. I'm trying to have vision for my life and my goals. Right now the glass is still kind of foggy but I see some shapes through it.

Carolyn V. said...

That story is awesome. I have lots of goals and future plans that I feel will be achieved. But for right now. I'm just trying to get over this cold. ;)

Shari said...

That story sounds awesome. Now I have to go find it.