Once upon a time there was a witty and intelligent fair maiden who met a dashing, much younger, highly intelligent prince. The two fell in love immediately, despite the prince’s declaration that it “would never happen”. The couple spent two wonderful years together enjoying each other’s company. There were some ups and downs, just like any fairy tale. A little bit of finger pricking, poisoned apples, etc. But, the maiden believed that she had found her true love. She could not imagine her life without him, thought about him every moment, and was convinced that they would spend their lives together.
Then one day a very serious discussion arose between the two. This discussion involved the possibility of terminating the relationship and included phrases such as: “bad timing”, “different goals”, and “different places in life”. The maiden became frighteningly fixated with this situation.
This fixation manifested itself consciously but, unbeknownst to the maiden; it also manifested itself deep in her subconscious, gradually causing an evil spell to be cast upon her life. For the next several months this evil spell worked its way into every inch of the maiden’s life causing her much sadness and despair. Her young suitor became increasingly frustrated and did not know how to make her happy. The maiden did not know what was causing this debilitating sadness so, thinking it was the prince, she sent him away.
The maiden was devastated and heart broken and needed help desperately. She called upon her fairy godmother to help her with this terrible turn of events. Unfortunately, it was too late to make use of the fairy godmother’s magic wand. The damage had been done by the maiden’s notion that the relationship was doomed. Even though the two were still in love the maiden had become so consumed with wondering when “the clock would strike midnight” she could not concentrate on anything else. Sadly enough, the two lovers went their separate ways hoping that love would find each again.
Right…well, actually the poor pitiful maiden was in a deep depression and no amount of therapy seemed to help – she had definitely driven herself mad. The mind is a terrible weapon when used upon one’s self. She knew she had lost the prince forever, but she did not know how to make herself fall out of love with him. The maiden, like so many other fairy tale maidens, believed that love could conquer all. What a sad predicament when two people are in love yet everything seems to be working against them. So much for fairy tales!