4 June 2013

Chidren's classic, adults' lesson

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

This wonderful piece of writing came my way today through Brene Brown's book "Daring Greatly".  I already told you about the book here and here. The excerpt is from a1922 children's classic "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Willliams. Thanks to the mighty www you can find the full story here.

Brene received this story from a friend and I'm paying it forward to you here together with a quote from the book that was accompanying the story:

“If we are going to find our way out of shame and back to each other, vulnerability is the path and courage is the light. To set down those lists of *what we're supposed to be* is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”

Reading this today was my joy of the day. Hope you like it too!


Illustrations by William Nicholson from the story.

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