I am a dreamer, just like Belle. I don't even need books to dream...because I see stories & magic in all parts of the world around me. Every found penny is a possibility. Each meal I cook becomes an epic adventure in my kitchen. Give me a tutu & a tiara and I'll rule the world (or at least my living room whilst I organize my work space!).
Just like Belle in the opening sequence of the movie, I am quite happy dreaming in the small world I live in. I love sharing the magic I discover...even though it often makes people think I'm a little (or a lot) weird. Like the villagers say: "What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle!"
I've noticed lately that the guys I appreciate most are the ones that DON'T try to grab me & kiss me at the end of a first date, forcing something that isn't there yet. And perhaps they may not even try at the end of a second or third date. Not that I don't want them to kiss me (I really DO want to kiss SOME of them), but there's an anticipation that builds before a first kiss that can never be replaced once its gone. It's that, "she won't discover that it's him 'til chapter 3" kind of feeling. Isn't it nice to leave a little room for that discovery?!
And that's where the ballad I've been singing all day comes in.
"There's something sweet...and almost kind. But he was mean & he was coarse & unrefined. And now he's dear. And so unsure. I wonder why I didn't see it there before. New...and a bit alarming. Who'd have ever thought that this could be? True...that he's no Prince Charming. But there's something in him that I simply didn't see..."
I love that feeling of discovering the amazingness inside another person...and discovering some of my own amazingness through their eyes. As I think about this song, I smile remembering what I've discovered about some of the people in my life this year. Some of it was obvious, other parts took time before they were revealed. And as time passes and trust builds...the revealing gets better & better. I don't know if my chapter 3 is right around the corner or not...but I do know that my heart is full and my soul is nourished by the incredible "Beasts" who have allowed me to know them better this year.
Because I know that under every Beast is a Prince Charming. And one day the trust, discovery, & slow revealing will lead me & my tutu-tiara wearing self to MY Prince Charming.
Maybe we are all just a little unrefined and there are parts to us that others simply don't see. Our job isn't to fix or change anyone...simply to be the best version of ourselves we can and hope that as we polish & refine who we are, we reflect back to the people in our lives the qualities in them we love most. Maybe that is how we help each other shed our "Beastly" protective/outer layers...to reveal our inner Prince (or Princess) Charming.
And then we live happily ever after.