A Courageous New Year in Oz
Courage is a thing that when it is inside you, the world seems different. So it was for the Cowardly Lion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. So it is for us. Sometimes we just need a little reminder that what we need is already growing inside of us – it just needs a little more light to grow properly.
Today is the first day of 2013. This new year is going to be an exciting one for the Hidden History series. Book Two is more than half complete. The master plan is to publish in spring.
The entire series is plotted. That’s seven books’ worth of story that I am anxious to share this with you, my readers. When I say I have plotted out the series, I mean that I have set the landmarks and the the conflict. But any trip is not defined simply by its landmarks. The journey is
what makes the trip memorable.
Each Day is a Journey
As with any trip, you can look at the map and see the landmarks, but that doesn’t really describe the trip. My family took a trip last week. We drove from Texas to the Upper Midwest to visit with extended family. We stayed a week and drove home. We had a larger load to bring back with us, so we decided to make the return trip in a single day. (That’s nearly 1000 miles!) Crazy? Yes. Foolish? Not really. We did it in 24 hours – 21 of which were driving. Do I want to do that again? Not a chance. It was an experience that I can only say, “we did it.” I don’t know how we did, but we did.
Traveling Down the Brick Road
In Oz, the Brick Roads are conduits for magic. They transport the magic to the various corners of Oz. Where the roads don’t go, the magic doesn’t flow. Remember in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz when the Soldier with Green Whiskers told Dorothy that there is no road that travels to the castle of the Wicked Witch of the West? It is no wonder that the land of the Winkies was desolate. Without the constant flow of magic into the land, it dried up and became unproductive.
What brick roads are in your life? What powers the corners of your life? Is it art, writing, comic books, movies, music, singing, dancing, building models? The list can go on and on. The things that inspire you to do good and to create are your brick roads. The magic that flows through them into you can power your life.
The City Built on Dreams
The Emerald City was built on the dreams of one dreamer. It changes day by day, symbolizing the constantly growing and clarifying power that dreams play in our lives. As we move forward our goals and path may change while we follow our dreams. That is because we, as human beings, are constant works in progress. Life is a continual process of visualization and creation. The Emerald City is a symbol of hope. It is never completed because it is meant to be the physical reminder that to dream is to grow.
Courageously Move Forward
The Cowardly Lion is a character we know. His journey began (as far as we know) with trusting Dorothy and staying true to what she believed in. As his experience grew, he began to believe the same things as Dorothy, and eventually believed in himself.
We can live on borrowed light for a while, but we need to build and radiate our own light. The light that comes into the world because of each one of us is unique and powerful. Make the world better because you create. Grow in your determination to make something that did not exist before. Arrange things in a new way. Share the way that you see the world. Keep moving forward. And never, ever stop dreaming.
This entry was posted on January 1, 2013 by Tarl. It was filed under Author's Thoughts, Dreams and was tagged with courage, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy Gale, dreams, Emerald City, journey, keep moving forward, Wicked Witch of the West.