Faith, Trust, and a Little Bit of Pixie Dust!

"I'll teach you to ride on the wind's back, and away we go!"

--Peter Pan

Looking into my little brother's mischievous eyes this morning, one thing kept wiggling it's way deeper and deeper into the coils of my mind--imagination is so important!

This doesn't seem like a deep or profound thought, but it struck me as extremely true this morning. My parents have always been wonderful about letting our minds run wild until we find our passions. Passion is one thing that I believe everyone needs in order to feel satisfied, but so many, sadly, lack.

I listen to Jared's music and I can firmly say: he has found his passion. I read my momma's words and I doubtlessly believe: she has discovered her expressive avenue. How exciting is that!? Don't we all want that kind of perfectly unique and God-inspired identity?

"When a new baby laughs for the first time a new fairy is born, and as there are always new babies there are always new fairies."

--Peter Pan (Spoken by Wendy)

"Do you believe in fairies? If you believe, clap your hands!"

--Peter Pan

You're probably wondering "What's up with all the Peter Pan quotes?". Well, as I thought more about this, a specific line of "fairy lore" entered my thoughts--"Every time a child says 'I don't believe in fairies,' there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead." I suppose it's a slightly macabre parallel, but it struck me as interesting. Every child is born with his own aspiration, but the moment he gives up believing in that aspiration, it evaporates into nothingness. Like anything, achieving dreams takes discipline, hard work, and faith--but we often don't take the time to look into the imaginings of our young people. Like anything else, achieving dreams also requires encouragement--and if children aren't getting that, then their passion's light will quickly go out.

I have not yet embarked on the journey of adulthood and been given all the blessed challenges that accompany it. All I can say is I'm so incredibly grateful to have parents who have always encouraged following your calling. When I do reach the adventure of having my own life and family, what will I deem important? Will I take the time to delve deeper into the hearts and minds of my children?

I feel so amazingly blessed that my parents find it important to allow me time to do the extra things that I love--playing violin, learning web design...even watching movies with my brother into the wee hours of the morning! They don't have to allow me to do these things, but they see the value of everyday things, and it makes all the difference to me.

"All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust!"

--Peter Pan


Marissa said...

Imagination is important! ( I think of Anne of Green Gables when I hear that word... Imagination...) As well as finding your passions and talents so you can use them for God. :D
My parents are always encouraging me to find out what I'm good at and what I enjoy. And I love the fact that they do that! Some parents aren't like that, they don't encourage there kids to find out who they are, and what there good and I think that's sad...
I'm so grateful that I have these parents :D

I really like that parallel you made. :D It's true.
I love Peter Pan. When me and my brother were younger, we would watch it and when the were "flying of the Neverland" we would "fly" around the room and sing the song. haha. Great memories.

Great post, I really enjoyed it :D

love ya,

Christina said...

I think you have found one of your passions and may not even realize it. Your gift of words! They are beautiful, I love the way you express life through your words, quotes, etc.

It's refreshing Abigail.

Lynnette Kraft said...

I agree with Christina. Every time you write a post like this I think to myself - Abigail has a gift! I think you should write fairy tales because you are so fairy-tale-ish by nature. Love the Peter Pan parallel...And love you my darling daughter!

Kristin said...

We just talked about living passionately at church this past Sunday. Life is so much better when you find what you're passionate about!

Miji said...

I really enjoyed reading this post Abigail. (: You definitely are very talented at expressing your thoughts through words.
You are very blessed indeed to have parents that encourage you to pursue your passion in life.
Passion is one of the most important things in life! Infact...without passion, life really isn't very lively at all.

Glad to have a peek into your mind via this blog. (;

Love you!

Kate said...

That was put beautifully! I agree, we all should find our passion and run with it. Life would be so much richer if we all did what we loved!

HIS daughter said...

Imagination is sooo important! I too have been blessed with parents that not only allowed us to dream big dreams but encouraged us to spread our wings and soar :) I pray that when I have children of my own someday I will do the same...

Linda said...

I love Peter Pan! I love pixies and pixie dust, and make believe!

I love using my imagination,...and I love it that you and all of your family uses theirs too!

I love Harrison's big dark brown/black eyes,..and the wonder that lies within them.

I love your talent in the arts,...and I love how you share those talents with us with us.

I love that I'm your grandma,...and I love you!!!!

Rachel B said...

Love the post!

So true, too! Imagination is the doorway to discovery! :D

Eldarwen Failariel said...

I've always been the creative, imaginative type. I love using my imagination! My parents and even some of my sisters don't really have that great of an imagination, so I don't know who I get it from. :) Probably one of my very distant ancestors who did something great (I don't know of one, but I'm sure there is). LOL :D

~Eldarwen Failariel~

Sara x said...

Imagination is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to us, the ability to fly away into our minds and be whoever we wish to be.

Your way of writing is truely wonderful very inspiring. I have no doubt that when you begin your adventure in adulthood and parenthood you will do it with the wonderful and caring potential you already possess. As you say in your parents you already have a great example.

Thank you for your post, and for the peter pan quotes, you dont know this but i call my daughter Tinkerbell and as im sure you understand when you have lost someone so close it nice to have random things remind you of them.


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ps. imagination is the soul. it is the basis of all things magical and heartfelt. =)

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