The Stories That Stay With Us

An image of the Kunta Kinte Alex Haley Memorial in Annapolis.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy stories. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy stories.” ~ Albert Einstein

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One of the things I hoped for when I began this blog in 2013, was to create a community of people who would join in conversation with me. That’s what I aim for with all of my creative projects, my podcast and Patreon Community. It was one of the joys of teaching, the conversations with my students. Now that I’m retired, I miss those kinds of interactions.

Since I’m passionate about stories of all kinds, I thought this year I’d focus on stories that have impacted me in such a way, that I think about them long after I’ve read the book or seen the movie/TV show. I have found that discussing stories often leads to explorations of deeper themes both in the story and in my real life. So, that’s going to be the focus of this blog from now on. 

I will still be sharing aha moments on my spiritual journey, and maybe even my thoughts on where humanity is headed, but they will most likely be linked to the stories I’m consuming. If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that’s just how my mind works. Any information that I take in gets put into a melting pot of ideas at the back of my mind and every once in a while, something new pops out of the pot into my consciousness with a new, to me, idea.

2022 was a big growth year for me. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I joined Mindvalley at some point during the year and took five or six courses all designed to help me clear out old blocks to my happiness, creativity, and prosperity. This was in addition to continuing to study A Course in Miracles. I’m happy to say that all the subtle shifts in my perception of the world and my place in it have changed, finally. One thing I’ve learned over my 69 years of life is that nothing changes quickly. Change is kind of like working a jigsaw puzzle, you put one little piece in at a time until the puzzle is finished.

For some reason, we humans decided that the world is a scary place full of people and situations out to get us. But that’s only one possibility which can be changed if we allow ourselves to consider a different perspective. My goal going forward is to expect love, light, joy, prosperity, and connection every single day.

Having set up what to expect from my future posts with that long prologue, I have decided that stories that don’t contain love, healing, forgiveness, and joy aren’t for me. That’s not to say I will not consume dystopian stories like The Hunger Games, or stories that have lots of external conflict in them. But the point of the story must be about the above mentioned things in the end. It has to end with the characters learning vital lessons, healing, and moving in positive directions.

So, I want to share with you three stories that Barry and I watched, or I read, that when they were over, my heart felt lighter and more hopeful.

One of the Christmas gifts Barry gave me was the movie, The Lady in the Water. It’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie (2006) based on a bedtime fairy story he made up for his girls. They loved it so much that they asked him night after night to add more details to the story. Eventually it became a published children’s book and then a movie. 

One of the things I love about fairy tales is the many layers of meaning in them. Depending on how deep we dig, we can get lots of meaning out of those seemingly simple stories. They contain universal themes that are still relevant today.

The Lady in the Water,  is about a sea nymph who needs the help of humans to get back to her family in the ocean. She was sent to interact with this specific group of humans and help them make small changes so that eventually the world becomes a better place. In her case, she lives underneath the swimming pool of a nondescript apartment building, where an ordinary, yet interesting and diverse group of people live. The Super of the complex finds her one night after she’s been attacked and to save her he must enlist the help of many of the people who live in the complex. As the story goes along, the people the Super brings together must discover their true purpose in life. Many of them must heal old wounds and they must work together to protect the nymph and help her get back home. It’s a gentle story of love in which each of the characters is changed in very subtle but profound ways. 

For me, it’s one of those stories that will always give up new interpretations each time I watch it. The theme of working together for a common good is particularly relevant at the moment.

The second story is the first of a fantasy series by K.C. May titled The Song of the Sea Spirit. Hmm, I just realized that both of these stories have to do with sea creatures. Years ago I read another series by K.C. May, The Kinsheild Saga and loved that series. So, when I was looking for a fun book to finish off my 2022 Goodreads reading challenge, I decided to try this new series, The Mindstream Chronicles. In this series, Jora has the capability to connect with family and friends, who are far away fighting in a war, by connecting with their energy streams. When her best friend is getting ready to report for duty, he gives her a flute as a going away present. She has always wanted to play the flute, but decided to apprentice with the leather worker instead. When she goes to a nearby beach to begin to learn to play her flute, she meets a dolphin who is drawn to her by the song Jora is learning to play. And through the music, they begin a conversation. This relationship starts her on an unexpected journey full of new skills and danger. I love that music is a major component of communication between Jora and Sundancer, her dolphin friend.

The third story might surprise you. It’s a mystery series, Three Pines, based on the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series, by Louise Penny. Gamache is a member of the Quebec Sûreté. Throughout the 8 episodes of the first season he is called upon to investigate murders in the small village of Three Pines. The thing that is different about the character of Gamache, is that he’s compassionate and kind. Yes, he has demons. His parents were killed when he was fairly young and that still haunts him. But instead of stuffing his feelings about that and the cases he’s called upon to solve and becoming stoic, he treats his coworkers, suspects, and even the murderers with kindness. 

After watching Three Pines, I told Barry that from now on I want to watch and read stories that have lighter themes. Stories full of hope even if the characters have to go through tough challenges to find happiness. I don’t usually make resolutions, but I guess this desire to consume stories with positive messages would be one.

I hope you will share stories that you love and have learned from with the group. I’m always interested in story suggestions and discussions.

Here’s to a happy and prosperous New Year for all of you!

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2023

The Space Between Time

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

Patreon

I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story. You may have seen my Story-Power posts here. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about your favorite stories, come join me at either SageWoman.life, or patreon.com/StoryPower.

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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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