I offer this fable from my heart to yours with love.
Once upon a time in a faraway country there lived a king. Now this king was not an ordinary king, no, this king was very special because he cared deeply about all of his subjects who lived in his kingdom. Everyday, and all day, he would welcome anyone who came to visit. He would allow them to ask him as many questions as possible and he would take his time to explain, in great detail, the reasons why he would rule a certain way. He always encouraged feedback especially the comments that disagreed with him because they were the ones he could convince through his wise words and kind heart. He loved all of his subjects and he wanted to lead with compassion and generosity so that he would not only have a prosperous kingdom but a happy one as well.
One day an evil sorcerer came into his castle disguised as a jester. Slowly but surely, he turned the people against the king until one day, there was an uprising. The king was surprised at the anger and hatred that was expressed and he fell into a deep sadness. The sorcerer took his chance and stole the kingdom by overthrowing the guards and taking the king prisoner. He put him in the tower and began to rule with an iron fist and a closed heart. It didn’t take long before the people realized the mistake they made and they felt lost without their beloved king.
One day a little girl decided to write the king a letter and tell him how much she missed him. She tied her note onto a dove and the dove flew up to the tower and gave the note to the king. When the king read the warm-hearted note his sadness lifted and his heart soared. Each time he read it, he became more and more powerful until he was able to knock down the door. As soon as the guards saw him they laid down their swords and pledged to follow him to take back the kingdom. As soon as he went into the courtyard and his people saw him, they all cheered in greeting and celebrated his return. Everybody’s hearts were full of love and gratitude for the kind king.
Once the guards captured the sorcerer, he was brought before the king and everyone waited to hear his punishment. But instead the king decided to teach the sorcerer a lesson by putting him into a room with many mirrors. He was sentenced there until the sorcerer could reflect the beauty of his own true heart and when that happens he will be free to go.
Each day as the sorcerer looked into the mirror, the mirror reflected all the anger and hurt that had closed his heart. But as he sat there in silence, something magical happened. Each time he witnessed what was inside him, it disappeared. And with each passing day, all his anger and pain dissipated until all that was left was a reflection of light and love, for this was his true nature. Finally, after thirty days he emerged from his mirrored room feeling very grateful for the gift the king had given him. They became best friends and they ruled the kingdom together for a very, very long time.