Here is my second Fairy tale painting for Tamara Laporte's (willowing.org) class Ever After 2016. This was created through Tam's instruction, I made a couple changes and love it.
For me The Little Mermaids message is "I am Enough".I read the original Little Mermaid and found it very interesting-of course images from the Disney version play in my head with instant comparisons and contrast but over all I think the same message can be found in both. The little mermaid is a strong character, with hopes and dreams of the human world. In the real story she does find and fall in love with a prince, but when she learns that humans have an immortal soul that is what she desires the most. Because in this story Mermaids only live for a few hundred years before they die and turn into sea foam. Unfortunately the only way she can do this is to become human and have the prince fall in love with her, because when we love we have enough soul for both. Spoiler alert...that doesn't happen.
The Little Mermaid chooses to take a short cut by visiting the sea witch (who also takes her voice) but otherwise has no other motives, it was her price to become human, and if the Mermaid does not get the prince to fall in love with her it is instant sea foam for her. To the surface she goes and whole the prince likes her he is already in love with another (a woman that he thinks saved him from the water, when it was the mermaid), So he doesn't fall in love with her and she witnesses his loving wedding to another-when her sisters appear and say they have all traded their hair for and antidote, so she can live and become a mermaid again-but she must kill the prince-she couldn't do it and she dies-but happy ending in a way, she becomes a child of the air and if she fills her time with good deeds some day during her eternity she will gain an immortal soul..
She desired so much something that relied on outside sources, and put herself and others in danger because of them. She did reach a pathway to her immortal soul in the end, but perhaps she could have gotten there anyway being herself. So for me the message I take form this Fairy tale is "I am Enough".
I am Enough. sounds easy but something I struggle with all the time-worrying what others think or what the right thing to say or do is, and often sit silently instead. When really the only way to find happiness and your dreams is by being yourself and doing it your way. I just thought of how the little mermaid was quick to sacrifice pieces of herself for her desire but when it came to others she could not. Something else I am familiar with, putting others needs above my own...a lot. Maybe the Little Mermaid didn't feel worthy enough of her dreams on her own so she went to seek out the witch instead of taking her time. So perhaps another affirmation for this story is "I am Worthy". Worthy of love, worthy of my dreams and goals, worthy of self care, worthy to be myself.
Are there any times in your life where you didn't feel enough? maybe even today? When do you feel unworthy, or that you don't deserve the things you desire?
What is one thing you can do for yourself to make you feel good? could be a hot bath, could be a cup of tea. What is one action you can take to move you closer to the thing you feel unworthy of? perhaps it is small like going for a walk, or putting $20 into a savings.
I dare you to believe that you are enough and you are worthy.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.