5 Fables You Just Gotta Read

I was at a local writers’ event this last weekend. I wanted to get some tips on how to write and publish the book I want to write.

There were a number of experienced writers there. A few stood out for me as guides on my path. One in particular resonated with me and the intent of this blog.

As I was walking by her table/booth (I had not intended to stop), the title of one of her books caught my attention… The Man Who Learned To Walk With Shoes That Pinched.

The color and happiness of the book stood out first. It was a lovely purple with bright yellow flowers (you know I like flowers!) with energizing green stems. Then the title caught my attention. So I stopped.

I didn’t quite know how to start the conversation but the author was friendly and inviting and we ended up chatting for quite some time. I ended up walking away with two business cards, an invitation to connect and all three of Margaret’s books. The book I want to share with you today is about this man with shoes that pinch.

I could not wait to read that one. As soon as I got home, I curled up on my couch and was swept away. The book is full of contemporary fables with lessons for the heart.

The first fable is all about a woman’s life journey. There was so much in this one little fable. As a mid-forties woman who has been there and done that, it showed me to me. I chuckled at the goofs of the gal in the story and at myself. The moral at the end was not what I expected. It was more. I love that!

The next fable that moved me was The Short Man and His Tall Wife. I write and talk about making the wrong compromises all the time. My favorite Christmas story is The Gifts of the Magi. This fable by Margaret is about being true to you even with the one you love. How many of us have changed or been told to change for the ones we love? It is also about what can happen if we avoid the difficult conversations. How many of us have not been honest about our feelings or perceptions because we think if we tell the truth we will hurt the ones we love? How many of us have become worse off for not sharing our true feelings? I loved this little tale because it reminded me to value myself first and then all of me can be more fully present for my loved ones.

But the fable that is also the title for the book was my all-time favorite, especially in relation to the purpose of this blog. It resonated because I believe that if I choose to continue in a pattern of behavior that is bad for me – like buying shoes that don’t fit, like avoiding correcting sales people who sell me the wrong products, like enduring harassment rather than standing up against it – my body, mind and soul get hurt. I know this. I have been there. When I make these bad choices, I become my own worst enemy. While this fable is about the physical body, it became for me a metaphor for the mind and spirit as well.

Of course, there is a right way and a wrong way to make changes for ourselves. Margaret’s fables are full of suggestions about how to make a positive change. The Fly and The Silver Dollar offered me some creative options and I found The Three Wishes, the last fable of the book, to be so empowering – what a fitting grand finale to this collection of fables!

Margaret Harmon’s fables have many life lessons for us. They are written in such a fun, light-hearted, but teaching way and the illustrations are just precious! If you get a chance to read a copy of her fables, I hope you will get as much out of them as I have been and continue to.

Because I think her fables are good for the soul, I have now added both of Margaret’s fables to our resources page. You can read more about Margaret Harmon and all her creations on her website www.margaretharmon.com.

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