~The Polar Express
To me this story illustrates a quality of wonder that we are all capable of experiencing. The wonderful ability to believe in something even if we can't see it. The story continues as Santa chooses a child to receive the first gift of Christmas, and as luck would have it the little boy is chosen. When the little boy asks for the jingle bell from Santa's sleigh as the first gift of Christmas he becomes entranced in the magic of the season. Through a series of misfortunes he loses the bell, but it is returned on Christmas morning with a note from Santa. His parents exclaim their disappointment for this old bell that has no sound; while he and his sister Sarah can still hear its jingle. Throughout the years, Sarah too deafens to this sound, but as the story ends, the bell still rings for all who truly believe.
I think the question of belief is always with us no matter what the season. Why do we believe what we believe? Belief is defined as "an acceptance that something exists or is true; especially one without proof."
This gorgeous story reminds me to keep the heart of a child as I move through life. To not be hardened by the disbelief of society, to not question the wonders of the Earth, to sweetly seek all of life's adventures. As Ronald Dahl shares, "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
May this season radiate it's magic into your heart and into your home. May the spirit of wonder and belief shine brightly in your life year after year!
May you Sweetly Seek