Do you know what happens when perfectionist tendencies crash into ordinary realities?
More specifically, growth opportunities.
The kind of opportunity that allows a human to make the choice to forgive oneself for “not getting to it” or “not getting it done perfectly”.
I choose to let it go.
That Elsa… she gained some valuable wisdom through her ice crisis.
Today’s Best Book Ever is going to take a page from Elsa’s book.
Or, rather, her story’s author.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote more fairy tales than a person can know what to do with. Each tale was woven with lessons humans are constantly experiencing. I have a favorite, though. And that’s the book for today. (It was also my favorite Disney movie of all time.)
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen was a fairytale I read as an adult because I was so taken with the Disney movie.
Being a Fisherman’s daughter, I was raised in and on the water. If you’ve read around here for any length of time, you know that the Ocean is woven throughout all aspects of my life: my favorite place to be, where I find solace, part of my identity, my awe of its power, just to name a few.
Babysitting during my summers home from college provided me the opportunity to watch a lot of Disney movies. The summer I watched The Little Mermaid, though, was different. I wanted to know more about where this story came from.
Mr. Google was not a fixture in our culture yet, so I resorted to Mrs. Google, a.k.a. The Librarian at our public library.
When she pointed me toward the Hans Christian Andersen section, I couldn’t wait to read the original.
The most notable differences in the animated movie version and the story, as written by Andersen, are the Sea Witch and the ending (heartbreaking).
The Little Mermaid is never actually given a name in Andersen’s original, but her fascination with the human world and her love for the prince remain the same.
One element of the original story that drew me in, though, was the little mermaid’s fervent desire for a human soul that goes to Heaven.
And on that intriguing note (as I hope you’ll pick it up for yourself, if you haven’t read it yet), I leave you with this quote:
“She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart.”
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