"Before we begin our search for the hero, I think we should take a look at the element he moves in, the world where he functions -folklore, fairy-tale, allegory, legend, parable, even nursery rhyme: for all these are as it were the principalities that together comprise the homeland of myth, the country which in the old Russian stories is called East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and for which these is no known map."
This quote is from the first page of introduction to the book What The Bee Knows by P.L. Travers (who was also the creator of Mary Poppins). I love this book for it is helping me understand in a deeper way, why myths and legends are so important - as a way to bring meaning back into our existence. The modern world sometimes feels like one of those posters left too long in the shop window -- where all the color has been pulled away by the too harsh rays of the sun, and all that is left are muted greys and dull blue. It is the stuff of fairy tales and nursery rhymes that are there ready to bring all the color back into our day to day lives.