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Scheherazade

Scheherazade.

Legendary queen and story teller of 1001 Arabian nights. Using the power of story, she manages to forestall her death, educate the king, her husband through the underlying messages in each one.

Against her father’s wishes, she marries the King who has at this point, already married and then beheaded 1000 wives. (Charming guy!)

As they prepare for bed on their wedding night, she asks if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dinazade. Dinazade asks Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The King listens in awe, as Scheherazade tells her first story.  Close to dawn Scheherazade stops. The King demands that she finish, but she refuses as dawn is breaking and it is time to prepare for the day. The King spares her life so he can hear the end of her tale. The next night Scheherazade finishes the story, and begins another.  A story even more exciting than the first. Again she stops as dawn breaks.  And again the King spares her life so she can finish the story the next night. So, each night for 1001 nights, Scheherazade finishes one tale and begins another.  Stopping just before dawn and thus prolonging her life by a day. After 1001 nights she has run out of stories. The King however, has fallen in love with her, had three sons and been made a wiser and kinder man, so he spares her life, and makes her his Queen.

So why Scheherazade?

Because of my admiration for her wisdom and the the power of story.

 

Quote of the Week

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” 

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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