Have you ever wondered outloud or to yourself if change on planet earth is even possible? I was pondering this myself one morning over my favorite cup of fine, French Earl Grey tea when – holy beegezus! – I heard a strange rustling sound in my teacup, and when I looked to see what it was, out popped a miniature wizard in polka dotted pants and a tiny cape!
“Good morning my sweet,” he said in a seemingly fake, British accent.
“Yes my love, let me get you some sugar before we begin.”
“My treatise on Planet Earth and the gigantic mess you’re in. Isn’t that what you asked for?”
“Not really.” I didn’t want to offend him but hearing a treatise on the mess of Planet Earth from a kooky, miniature wizard, before I’d even had my morning tea was probably the last thing I wanted. “Um, I don’t think so. Maybe another time?”
“Another time?” he shouted. “Maybe another place as well? Or maybe even another planet? Argh!!” His face was burning beet red and his shoes, which were unusual to say the least, were beginning to wobble the way the earth does right before a giant quake.
“Listen,” he said sternly. “I’ve been assigned to fix things down here on Planet Earth and you’re not making it easy! It’s quite a giant mess you know.”
“Fix things? What do you mean?”
“I mean that you’re asleep down here to what’s really going on and that’s why the “Big Guys” assigned me to this task.”
“What task is that?”
“To fix the GIANT mess YOU humans have made on Planet Earth!” He was hopping mad now, one foot seemed to be on fire. What was he so upset about??
“I’m upset because you’re always moaning and complaining how awful things are here and what a crap planet this is. And I’m sick and tired of nobody doing anything to change it. So I picked the one person who I knew could help me get us out of this cosmic jam.”
“You, of course.”
“Me? Why me?”
“Because you’ve been one of the unhappiest people you know right? Therefore you qualify for being a nearly perfect person for this experiment, er, I mean experience.”
“Experiment? You mean you haven’t worked this out yet?”
“Not yet, but I’m 100 bazillion percent sure it will work. I’m certainly-certain of it.”
“And if it doesn’t?”
“Well it can’t get any worse right? And if I may be so bold to say, your life in particular seems quite a mess.”
Now I was hopping mad. Who did this kooky, little dude think he was to be peering into my life before I’d even had my morning cup of tea? I didn’t ask for this, and I was pretty sure I didn’t want it either!
“Listen, give me a chance. It’s my first assignment you know, and honestly I want to impress the Big Guys upstairs, show ‘em what I can do.”
“What can you do?”
“I can CHANGE THE WORLD! This little planet needs my help and I know how to fix it. Well not the planet really but you messed up humans.”
“What are you planning to do?”
“Stories? What will that do?”
“Stories blow the world into proportion.”