If I were to ask you to finish these three phrases, what would you answer?
“Once upon a __________”
“In a land, _____,__________”
“And they lived happily ever __________”
If you answered time, far, far away, and after, you’re not alone, in fact, you’re part of a large group I like to call everybody.
Now how is that possible?
As children, we were all introduced to the wonderful world of Fairy Tales. Tales so wondrous in nature, they were told to us over and over again without ever getting old.
While each tale was uniquely different, we began to notice a pattern. Most of the Tales began, “Once upon a time, in a land far, far away land.” Then, usually something bad happened to someone good and something needed to be done to fix it. After, and only after, something was done could they then live then “Happily Ever After.”
Over time and through repetition of this pattern, we all began to form a similar paradigm or mental model of “The Classic Fairy Tale.” The more we experienced this pattern the more powerful our paradigm became. So powerful, in fact, we all answered, “time,” “far, far away,” and “after” without any other reference to The Classic Fairy Tale.
It as if we all have a similar program running in our heads that says, whenever asked, “What comes after “Once upon a…?” We will answer “time,” without thinking.
On an unconscious level, through the mere act of living, observing our world and noticing patterns, we form paradigms that affect how we respond to events in the future.
If the simple structure of the Classic Fairy Tale can find a permanent place in our minds, affecting how we respond, imagine how many more paradigms we have running through our minds and influencing our everyday lives.
Copyright Rob Gruber @ 2009
Present Life Mastery Coach