Once upon a time, a long time ago… Once upon a time in a dark and shadowy woods… Once upon a time in a far away land… Once upon a time… perhaps my favorite beginning to any story. It could be fact or fiction; fables; fairy tales; myths; folk tales; festival stories; historical events; autobiographies. All stories could begin with once upon a time.
Once upon a time can take us on amazing journeys. For me, those four words always lead to a treasure trove of wonder, imagination, adventure, travelling new or old roads, sometimes taking detours, making discoveries all in the universe of possibility.
There is a special and unique story each one of us can tell. It is our own story. My story began once upon a time, many years ago as a young child. I reckon your story began the same way. How did this story evolve through time? What paths were taken? Who was encountered along the way? What changes occurred? Who were we then and who are we now? The beauty of such a story is that it can be rewritten over and over as we evolve and change. It all begins with once upon a time.
Story telling was the first means of communication beginning with the drawings on cave walls eons ago. Before and after the printed word, wisdom and knowledge were passed down through the ages via stories.
“Stories invest our lives with meaning, they develop and express our creativity. They help us to laugh at ourselves. They give us the strength to face life's difficult moments. They connect us more vitally with ourselves and each other and they turn ordinary moments into extraordinary ones.
According to brain/mind research, we organize information in story form. It is how we make sense of the world around us. And it is how we communicate that understanding to another. Stories allow us to bypass the linear and access whole brain learning.” From the Education Department at Johns Hopkins University.
Once upon a time when nothing much was going on, this blog came into being and… Well, the story is still unfolding. What is your once upon a time?