Lessons Scarlett O'Hara Has Taught Me


One of the greatest lines I've ever read was in the book "Scarlett" by Alexandra Ripley...where Scarlett O'Hara goes to her father's homeland in Ireland and meets long lost family she's never known. It is while she is there that she "finds" herself...or grows up, which may be a more fitting way of describing it. She falls in love with the rich land and heritage of her family. She leaves the stresses of a crumbled Tara in the torn Dixieland behind her. Scarlett even manages to put Rhett Butler out of her head, if only for a moment (but give the girl some credit! Butler was dreamy!!!)...

As she explores the green land and hears the stories of old recounted to her by a family priest, Scarlett's eyes are open to a world much larger than herself. She falls to her knees on the soft peat ground and sinks her long fingers into the cool earth. She inhales and breathes it all in as the priest murmurs, "It is the smell of time and mystery."

Time and mystery...

When I read those words, I understood how I felt every time I stepped into a historic home or walked the narrow trails cutting through ancient forest in breathtaking parks. That quickening of the pulse, the chills of excitement racing up my spine, and that smile that spreads across my face before I can even stop it...

It is all because I know that I am wrapped up in time and mystery. I'm lost at peace with all of it, just as Scarlett was in Ireland.

And what I wouldn't give to live in those moments more often than not. What I wouldn't do to leave troubles behind and drift away in an adventure that overflows with excitement. What I wouldn't give to each day take a deep breath and know how lucky I am, how precious it all is, how miraculous and captivating each second, each moment is...even here in my own world, saturated with possibilities.

Yet, of course, I would bring my Mr. Butler along. He would only make the adventure that much more exciting!

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