Seize The Reward ~ The Quest of Living ~ Post 19

We see the immortal characters of Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man being given their rewards by the Wizard of Oz.
The timeless fact in this story is what the Wizard of Oz tries explaining to these three characters and the message to us:

No one gives us a reward. We claim what has been ours all along.

It is a defining moment, a paradigm shift, if only we will reach beyond the role of comic relief and listen.

We must grasp who we truly are.

The journey is a means of forging our outer Self while the inner Self rids the dross of pretense.

The glory of our existence is being the only creature able to consciously evolve. We human beings have the choice to take being human as far as we can.

Only through the journey do we acquire this Epiphany … again and again and again.
Like young Merlin we must seize the sword …

Bringing us to the paradox of the proverb:
“The reward is the journey.”

Ann is an author and artist. She's lived and worked in Korea, England and Germany as a counselor, college instructor and director of a family support center. Her master’s degree from Boston University encompassed studies at the University of Cambridge. Ann’s Flash History Biography series has reached international shores and covers: Eleanor Roosevelt ~ Unleashed, Golda Meir ~ True Grit, and Marie Curie ~ A Nobel Life. Ann lives in northern California enjoying her life with her adult children. She is currently working on her next book "Making Life Meaningful".


  1. Jo Ann Reckner

    Am really enjoying your posts, Ann. So much good stuff to think about. Loved The Ordeal.

  2. Nancy DePue

    Thank you Ann! Your posts are inspiring and revealing.. Do you have these published as a collection somewhere? I have been saving them on my computer, but they are scattered..

  3. Ann Atkins

    Thanks Nancy – I am making the series into a book under the title “The Quest of Living.” I will be letting readers know in the next post.

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