Odin was a very remarkable wizard as wizards went,
but there again it had taken him
a lifetime of experience to reach where he was....
and to all accounts and purposes he was a zillion years old.

But I'm getting ahead of myself here ...... let's see....
well it could be said that there wasn't anybody
who couldn't remember not having Odin around....
and everybody could remember their parents,
and their grandparents always talking about Odin...
and in point of fact..... all the history books,
and story books all had something about Odin in them.
So you see he was an Institution...



He was a colourful magical character full of exhuberance and fun....
capable of changing himself into countless personalities
including the wild life around....
one of his favourites was the owl.....
full of wisdom and able to see in the dark, pitch of night...
He was everywhere and nowhere.... and somewhere... and over there...
You see he had the knack of being in any place and at any time....
so much so that everyone, knowing that he was around, used to feel safe...

He had as his constant companion
a wise old Owl
who had been with him for as long as anybody could remember......
You could hear the Owl 'towoo, towoooing'
and know that Odin was somewhere close...

And so it was on this particular evening
when everyone was going about what they were doing...
that Odin, who was sitting on a branch of a big gum tree with Owl,
started thinking about his wish that he had been carrying about with him
for so long, and no matter how he tried with all his magical powers
to make it come about..... it just wouldn't...




You see Odin for a long time had known the secrets of life
and how to live well and how to know things instantly
and it all had become second nature to him.
Well you might say.... "That's what Wizards do.... don't they?"
Yes but..... this is what he wanted everyone to be able to do too..
so that they would be able to use all the knowledge of the universe
that was hidden deep down inside of each of them.....

But how could he do this..... He had tried so many ways.....
"Ah well" he thought
"Sooner or later it's going to come to me....
Its no use trying to force it.... eh Owl?"
To which Owl just "toowood" back to him..
"I know, I know, exactly what you are thinking Owl.....
that I can't and shouldn't rush these things....
but it makes me so impatient.... it really does."

Just then a group of children came out to play.....
some started to kick a ball around...
some were just walking about chatting to each other...
others were playing hide and seek.....
You could see how carefree they were,
laughing and calling out to each other, without a care in the world....



Odin was able to read their thoughts
and could see how happy they were... their innocence shining through...
"Ah" he thought
"If only they would remain that way.... it would be so easy for them
to reach down inside themselves
and use their hidden knowledge to help themselves and each other ....."
"You know, Owl" he continued
"When one is happy and at peace with the world and oneself....
anything is possible, don't you agree?
And then..... all sorts of avenues open up....
including the interior knowledge we all have...."

Odin was getting quite excited
with all of these ideas that were tumbling out of his mind
that he almost lost his balance on the branch........
oooops..... he quickly grabbed a twig close by to steady himself with
and Owl sort of leapt up in the air a couple of inches
and with his wings flapping rebalanced himself.



"Tooowit Tooowoo" he chirped
showing his indignation at nearly being knocked off his perch...
After a few grunts and grumps from Odin who was settling back on his branch,
if only his coattails would let him.....
they had got scrunched up under him and weren't allowing him to sit straight up...
The problem was that he had lost his concentration
and had nearly ended up on the ground....
mind you.... he probably would have come to
and wished to be back on his leafy seat
and that would have been that.....
he wouldn't have had to do a thing.... just wish.

"Well...... there you have it Owl.... that's the missing link" he said excitedly .....
"Wishing...... that's what they have to do...... wish for it....
Oh! me.... oh! my..... it's so simple and easy.... "
Odin now knew what he needed to do....
so that everyone could make that magical connection
to the universal knowledge that was locked inside each and everyone of them.....
and so jumping up from his leafy seat he turned to Owl and said.....

"Come along Owl we best be going...... there is a lot of work to be done...."
And with that they both just faded into the sunset....

by
LizzyTish
OverTheMoon©



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