Julian of Norwich was a medieval, English mystic, who maintained that :
“All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”
Madeleine L’Engle believed that this “all wellness” should be at the heart of every single children’s book.
But what does it mean, this “all wellness?”
Well, maybe it is easier to begin with what it does NOT mean. I do not think it means that we have to feed children some naïve, Pollyanna, pie-in-the-sky stories that completely disregard the sadnesses that simmer beneath our lives.
Rather I think it has to do with having a stalwart belief in what all good stories from the Chronicles of Narnia to the Harry Potter series center around – and that is, despite our troubled times and dark days, despite the evil doers and the naysayers of the world, despite all of that….
GOOD is more powerful than Evil….
LOVE can conquer Hate
HOPE is what we humans DO (even if we do not always feel it)