A Story ~ The Keeper of the Forest’s Secrets

     

    c.326w squirrel in forest

    Once upon a time, a woman (of the many-moons-and-seasons-though-still-a-long-way-from-one-foot-in-the-grave ilk) tarried her moons and seasons in a room whose boundaries she’d been expanding. (Albeit slower than she wanted, so she comforted herself with the fact it was constant.)

    One day, startled by a loud crack, she looked over her shoulder. There, opening a door where none had existed before, was the Keeper of the Forest’s Secrets.

    The Keeper of the Forest’s Secrets was wise to the ways of the wounded, skittish and uncertain. (Where he saw possibility and potential he opened a door. What came through — if anything — wasn’t up to him. His was to open doors.) Speaking in a quiet, soothing voice he suggested a leap of faith might be in order. With that he respectfully withdrew.

    A startling development to be sure. In all her moons and seasons she’d never considered how she’d entered the room. She was there and that was that. (Obviously leaving never occurred to her either.)

    The Keeper of the Forest’s Secrets understood a couple things about seeds.

    c.327w Keeper of the Forest~Given the right conditions (fertile soil and all that), they tend to germinate, take hold and not let go. That leads to roots going deeper for nutrients and sustenance while simultaneously growing up and outward. Such seeds go beyond expanding boundaries of what was/is, since they create boundaries where none existed before.

    ~Words can be seeds. Plop an idea in a fertile mind and it too can take hold and not let go — even when that grown (matured) thought completely disproves what was once considered a “given” or even “the truth.”

    When aiming for the top of a canyon, you won’t know how high you’ll get until you actually make the climb. Even if you don’t make it to the top, you’ll be further up and higher than had you not even begun. Did you leap to the top? No. One step at a time. One foot in front of the other, until you couldn’t take another … at least that day. And weren’t you always the richer for having the experience?

    With the image of the canyon in her mind and realizing a Leap of Faith was a more than she had in her at that moment, she thought perhaps a Crawl of Faith would do. (Or even a Peek-Around-The-Corner of Faith.) One way to find out. She reached for the doorknob.

    The End. (Or perhaps The Beginning.)
    a.274w reaching for doorknob

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    Star Hunter - October 15, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Whatever speed the many-moons woman chooses, I wish her a fantastic journey.

    BTW: Love these doodles, especially the squirrel.

    Sheila Bergquist - October 16, 2014 - 12:01 am

    With the image of the canyon in her mind and realizing a Leap of Faith was a more than she had in her at that moment, she thought perhaps a Crawl of Faith would do. (Or even a Peek-Around-The-Corner of Faith.) One way to find out. She reached for the doorknob.

    I love this Tana. What an interesting post! I am facing some leaps of faith and am not quite ready for them.

    I hope your leaps of faith take you right where you want to go.

    Tana Bevan - October 16, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Star~Thank you for your good wishes. Be interesting to see what happens. That’s the fun of potential and possibility, you never know until it comes to fruition. Thanks for the compliment on the doodles & squirrel in particular. That was a focused doodle and took a bit of doing. Apparently being a non-natural animal person spills over into my doodles. Haha

    Tana Bevan - October 16, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Sheila~So glad my words resonated with you. I’m not sure what kind of movement toward faith I’ll take taking, be it a peek, a crawl, or even a leap. It’ll definitely be something. *smiles* Here’s wishing you the courage to make the movement you need to, even if it’s a small one. I’ll be here clapping and cheering you on!

    Sheila Bergquist - October 17, 2014 - 12:16 am

    Tana, we’ll peek, crawl or leap together! :)

    Tana Bevan - October 17, 2014 - 6:43 am

    *smiles*