The Wisdom of Fairy Tales

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs show us that vanity, envy and jealousy don’t make us popular and…  that love conquers all.

Robert Fulghum wrote that all he ever needed to know he learned in kindergarten.  Actually, in a more sophisticated manner, Dale Carnegie teaches adults similar skills.

Thinking about it, it kind of takes me aback to consider that as adults we are still grappling with the basics.

And then, we wouldn’t want to miss the message in The Tortoise and the Hare. The Hare started off fast  thinking his skills were so superior to the competition that he got all cocky and tried to intimidate the turtle with his bravado.

It certainly did not make him the man of the hour. There are so many examples of this teaching for adults as well.  In the same vein as the attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client, the person who thinks he knows it all, still has a lot to learn.

We generally think that competition is the game we are playing in earth life and that some win while others lose. The real loser is the one who fails to see the value in a different way of being than the one they hold. The Hare couldn’t see any value in the Tortoise, but he had skills that weren’t so obvious to anyone at first. Those very skills and a different way of seeing things ended up winning him the race.

It is actually a very short ride from success to failure. And thinking you can’t fail or that it could never happen to you was pretty short sighted in that story.

The Hare actually had a great deal going for him. He was quite a runner and he had the passion to get off to a quick start.

Instead of respecting his competition, the rabbit taunted the turtle. (Not something he learned in kindergarten.) Everyone figured the hare would win. He was so flamboyant.

Isn’t it true that those who walk around all puffed up and telling us they are great are the ones we usually get behind? All that star power is hard to resist.

And yet, most often, over the long haul it is the quiet, unassuming, consistently moving forward types that go unnoticed.  And, while no one is thinking they have much going on, they are the ones who really excel. They excel at being a good neighbor, a good father to their children, and living a happy, financially secure life as they get older.

They have paid attention to the important areas of life all along. And…. Like the turtle, any hare can do the same thing….probably with one hand tied behind his back. It doesn’t hurt to take a look at the life that can be attained thru building skills that will enable you to go the distance and win at the other important aspects of life too.

It’s time for balance.

And Snow White….. Don’t worry too much about her. She has love and you know what they say about that. “Love is all you need.” LOL


16 Responses to “”

  1. Julie Holland Says:

    Such a great reminder for us all. Thanks for sharing.

    • dinadove Says:

      Thanks Julie, if we could just get down the basics like in kindergarten, we’d have it made. 🙂

  2. Says:

    Such great insight…steady and slow, balanced is the way to go!

    What grabbed my attention first was you pointing out that adults, too, can learn SO much about the basics to life from children’s stories. So very true!

    Gina Macaluso ~
    The Mindset Queen of Weight Loss and Wellness

    • dinadove Says:

      Gina, it is so true that we make it all so complicated as adults. In my book, the Baglady says it best. “The truth is so difficult because it is so simple that it is the last thing people will believe.” (Love, unconditional love is the answer)

  3. carolsteinberg Says:

    It’s funny..this message keeps coming up for me this week–that talent isn’t as important as commitment…wish I’d gotten it sooner!

    • dinadove Says:

      Carol, I really pay attention when there are several hints about one particular thing. I figure the Universe is really trying to make a point. I think it’s cool when that happens.

  4. Kama Frankling (@GracefullyYou) Says:

    Loved this post. So true there is so much wisdom in fairytales and stories. As I get older and learn more I realise that the basics are all I really need. We make life too complicated. This is why I love encouraging adults to reconnect with their playful nature, the space where we learn the most.

    • dinadove Says:

      Kama, you are so right. I have found that learning the true nature of unconditional love is what really changes a person’s life. And…. it is a gentle step by step process that takes time and attention. Playing is a loving act. Good for you.

  5. Tyner Gillies - Writer Says:

    That really is something to ponder. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • dinadove Says:

      Tyner (cool name, I never heard it before), thanks for reading. My psssion is just helping people find ways to master the art of love.

  6. Jyoti Nebhnani Says:

    Balance and Love – Two Important Keys!

    • dinadove Says:

      Jyoti, thank you for your comment. I hear you. And….. it is mastering love, little by little, that I focus on in my life.

  7. Mary Pat FitzGibbons Says:

    Wow… great point. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

    • dinadove Says:

      Thank you Mary Pat. It was a short and sweet one. And so true. Most of the time I’m much more wordy. I’m going to go check out your facebook page.

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