A Fable About Feelings


Once upon a time there was an island where all the feelings lived – Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge and all the others, including Love.

One day, it was announced to all of the feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean, so they prepared their boats to leave. Love was the only one that stayed behind. She wanted to preserve the island paradise until the very last possible moment.

When the island was almost totally under water, Love decided that it was time ask for help. Just then, Richness was passing by in a very grand boat.

“Richness, can I come with you?” asked Love.

Richness answered: “I am sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on board. There would be no room for you anywhere.”

Next, Love decided to ask Vanity, who was sailing nearby in a beautiful vessel, for help. Love cried out, ” Vanity, help me, please!”

“I cannot help you,” Vanity, said. “You are all wet and will damage my lovely boat.”

Just then, Love saw Sadness passing by and quietly called out, “Sadness – please let me go with you.”

Sadness answered, “Love, I am sorry, but I just need to be by myself now.”

A moment later, Love saw Happiness and cried out, “Please take me with you!” But Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn’t hear Love calling him.

Love began to cry, then heard a voice say, “Come, Love, I will take you with me.” It was an elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask his name.

When they arrived on land, the elder went on his way. Love realised how much she owed to the elder, so when she met Knowledge she asked who it was that had helped her.

“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.

“But why did Time help me when no one else would?”

Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity, replied: “Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is!”~ unknown


About Hope

I am forty year old survivor and a five year old victim of sexual abuse. I live with severe depression and anxiety, and in 2013 was diagnosed with DID and PTSD. My journey is to reintegrate my alter and the adult me into a whole person, healthy person, and one that can empathize with others.

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