I love a good story but they are getting mighty hard to find. Today's fashion in storytelling seems to revolve around anti heroes and wallowing in the dark side of life. I don't know about you but I don't want to learn to love a drug dealer or assassin . . .
I'm no Pollyanna. I'm well aware of the fact that life's not easy. I'm nearly 53. I've lived through plenty of hard things in my life and expect to live through plenty more. But does that mean we have to focus on the ugly in life? What happened to Philippians 4:8? 'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.'
That's what I'm interested in. Stories about joy, honour, hope, and, dare I say it . . . maybe even a little magic? Something to bring us out of the everyday and remind us of the wonder to be found in the world?
Which got me thinking . . . If I can't find the kinds of stories I want, why not make my own?
A few years back Holly and I visited her friend Vanessa and had a wonderful time playing dressup. (Luckily for me she was a good sport about the fact that the dress didn't quite fit. But then, that's what photoshop is for, right?)
Last week I revisited one of the images I took in her garage.
After a bit of dreaming and a lot of time in photoshop, I had a story of my very own. In my stories, good always triumphs over evil . . . Yes there may be trials and tribulations . . . quests to go on, problems to solve, but at the end of my stories . . .
'They live happily ever after!' At least until the next challenge comes along . . .
What do you love to see in a good story?