The story of Time
Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings and qualities lived- Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all the others including Love.
One day it was announced that the island would sink, so all the feelings prepared their boats and sailed away, Love was the only one that stayed.
Love wanted to persevere until the last possible moment. When the island was most covered by water, Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by in a good boat. Love said “Richness, can you take me with you?” Richness answered, “No, I can’t, there is lots of gold and silver in my boat, there is no place for you”.
Next, Love decided to ask Vanity who was also sailing by in a beautiful vessel. “Vanity, please help me!” “I cant help you, Love you are all wet and might mess up my boat”, Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by, so Love said, “Sadness, let me go with you, please”. “Oh.. Love” replied Sadness, “I am so sad that I just need to be by myself”. Happiness passed by Love too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Loved called to her!
Suddenly, there was a voice: “Come Love, I will take you”. It was an elder. Love felt blessed and overjoyed that he even forgot to ask the elder her name. When they arrived on dry land, the elder went her own way.
Love realized how much she owed the elder, and asked Knowledge “Who helped me?”. “It was time”, Knowledge answered. “Time?” asked Love, “but why did Time help me?”. Knowledge smiled and answered. “Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is!”
The Source of this beautiful story is unkown and I came across it whilst reading “Holding on and Hanging in” – The story of a boy, his foster family and their journey from trauma to healing by Lorna Miles.
It such a beautiful story I found myself in tears as I think it reached the child part that really needed love that I found in time.
To feel loved is something we all need and perhaps we find it in time.