Duckyards and Swans Eggs
Have you felt that you didn’t belong? The story of The Ugly Duckling, beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, is a classic story of not belonging where you are born. Is there hope for us when we feel so different? What is behind this tale of duckyards and swans eggs?
This quote from Hans Christian Anderson had me quite perplexed at first. I had,of course, heard the story but now I wanted to connect the story to what was behind it. I was intrigued by it because it referenced an egg. I immediately visualized the graphic I created for the post. But what did it really mean? The more times I read the quote the more confused I became. So I did a little research.
Hans Christian Anderson first published this story in 1843 as part of a collection of short pieces for children. He reportedly told some people that it was his life story. You probably have heard the story. A swan egg accidentally rolls into the duck’s nest and is hatched by the duck. Even though the mother duck tries to reassure her rather homely baby that he will out grow his current appearance, he is teased and tormented because he is different. He can’t fly off with the other ducks for the winter and is left behind, lonely and cold. The winter comes and things go from bad to worse. I am sure that most people have experienced the feeling of not feeling comfortable in certain groups of people, not knowing why we are different. It may be your family or coworkers. Maybe you learned differently and felt different because of it.
I began to think about the quote and what it meant so I did the search thing to see what came up. Here are a few that were mentioned as Lessons from The Ugly Duckling.
- A mother loves all her babies, no matter what they look like
- No matter what other opinions are of you , you are still beautiful.
- It is the beauty within that counts.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Hmm. Not sure that any of those explanations are working for me. I think they are true, but I couldn’t stop thinking that it reminded me more of how God loves all of us, no matter what we look like. God has a plan and a high opinion of us at all times. We are made to reflect God’s image here on Earth so we must be beautiful! Everyone of us has the ability and option to be beautiful inside. God’s idea of beauty includes all of his children. Choose to be reconciled to God’s vision for you today.
“If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone, everything is made new!”
“I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful, I know this very well.”
What ever it is that is making you feel less than perfect at this point in your life, remember these words. I hope they will bring you comfort and hope.
Sunday Thoughts are a bit different than my usual weekday posts about farming and animal care. I hope you enjoyed your visit today. Please consider some of the posts from The Sunday Social too.