As I learn about the subconscious mind, perseverance, habits, a positive mental attitude, having a plan of action and about the power of quiet sitting I wonder what life would be like if I had learned these concepts as a child. Perhaps through childhood stories such as the Fable of King Consistency.
Once upon a time in a land far, far away there was a king. His name was King Consistency. King Consistency was very consistent. He had habits for everything and always kept on track with his routines. He had habits for where he went and habits for when he went there. He had habits for who he talked to and habits for when he talked to them. King Consistency had habits for everything and people loved King consistency because, since he was always the same, they knew what to expect from him.
There was a problem, though. The king wasn’t happy. “Oh me, oh my…” said the king as he sat alone in his castle. “I have my kingdom, I have my castle and my people like me… Why do I feel like something is missing?” Day after day went by and the king was no closer to solving his problem so he decided to see his trusted adviser, Counselor Sit.
Counselor Sit was known for his calm and quiet wisdom. He was also known for giving good advice and helping people to solve problems. The king shared what was happening and how he was feeling. “I see the problem,” Counselor Sit said. “You have many habits but they are not giving you your heart’s desire. You must find your purpose and then build new habits to bring that purpose to life. You said that you feel like something is missing. What is it that you really want?” Counselor Sit asked.
The king was surprised by the question that Sit had asked him. He thought and thought and finally said, “I want to make Progress.”
“Very well.” said Counselor Sit. “Your current habits have brought you to where you are, my king… You must build new habits to get to a new place.” King Consistency was shocked at the thought. The King answered, “I don’t know that I can do that. What if things don’t work out? What will my subjects think? What if I don’t have the time? What if it is all a waste?”
Upon hearing the king’s doubts and complaints Counselor Sit told the king, “I will send you to an adviser that I know. Her name is Lady Positivity and she will help you with your next step.”
With that, King Consistency left Sit and packed to go to the nearby land to find Lady Positivity. There was grumbling among the people that the king had started to do things out of the ordinary but the king didn’t care. He had to follow his heart.
Lady Positivity was known throughout the land and many came to get her counsel. As a result, it was very difficult to meet with her. People would wait in line all day to meet with her and every day there was a very long line. The king tried to get to the front of the line since he was, after all, a king. Lady Positivity did not play favorites, though. She valued every person whether rich or poor, old or young, king or peasant. The king waited day after day and never got to the front of the line before day’s end. For seven days he waited to meet with Lady Positivity and finally, one day, he was at the front of the line and she was going to see one more person for that day.
King Consistency was excited but then he noticed that behind him in line was a poor mother with her very sick child. “Take her instead.”, he said.
“But this is my last visit of the day.” she said. “Are you sure that you want to give up your spot? Do you wish to place their needs ahead of your own?”
“Yes.”, said the king. “I do.”
“Then you have learned the lesson that you came here to learn.” said Lady Positivity. “You have learned to see the good in others and to care for their well-being.” With that, she gave the king an elegant envelope made of golden paper with her kingdom’s seal on it. The king opened it and found directions to the Land of Action and a letter of introduction to Queen Plan.
King Consistency follow the map that he had been given. His subjects were still upset that he had become unpredictable. They wanted him to do ‘normal’ things but still he had to follow his heart. Finally, he came to her castle and was able to meet Queen Plan of Action. The two became immediate friends and in time, they fell in love and decided to get married. Now when you marry Consistency and Plan of Action wonderful things happen. They ruled their kingdom well and the grumbling stopped among the people. The marriage of Consistency and Plan even gave birth to their beautiful daughter, Princess Progress.
The king was so happy in his life. He had found what was missing. He always remembered the lessons of caring that he learned from Lady Positivity and also cherished Progress who he, Consistency, and his wife, Plan, had made. He also spent regular time with Counselor Sit who became a very good friend.
It was a time of peace and happiness in all the realm and whenever problems did arise Consistency, Plan of Action, Sit and Positivity would face it together so that they would all live happily ever after.
So… What does the child in you think? Be sure to Follow, Like, Share and Comment below… I’d love to know what you think about a new type of story.