“Once Upon A Time” Power to Write Our New Year

medieval LetterA resolution is a way to begin a new year.  If we can resolve to make a new, and we accept this to be, are we not writers of our own story?– Sown Seeds

“Once Upon A Time” is an accepted expression of storytelling. It is the conventional literary entrance to fantastical tales and imaginary journeys.   Other ethnic translations of this phrase provoke thought to the role of our imagination, our authorship and our choice to believe or not to believe.

In the following languages “Once Upon a Time” is translated:

In Armenian, “There was and there was not…”

In Classical Arabic, “There was, oh what there was (or there wasn’t) in the oldest days and ages and time.”

In Persian, “There was one, there wasn’t one. There was no one besides The Lord.”

In Hungarian, “Once there was, where there wasn’t there was a…”

In Sanskrit, “Once upon the time at any time”

In Turkish, “Once there was, and once there wasn’t. In the long distant days of yore…”

The ambiguity of ‘what is and what isn’t’ in other ethnic translations suggests a freedom of choice in our ‘believing.’   It is an invitation to accept the fantastical journey to where ‘there was and there was not’ and enter the imagination freely and openly.  I wonder if our life journey is meant to begin open to possibility to explore fantastically.

Ovid, a First Century Latin poet, begins his Metamorphosis “My purpose is to tell of bodies that have been transformed into bodies of a different kind.”

Transformation is our purpose. The telling is how we choose to live.

This New Year we can choose to write our new story and believe our story can be different.

To see more translations of “Once Upon A Time” and its history, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_upon_a_time


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