The inscription above the door of this 15th century Renaissance era home reads:
“I thank thee, Lord, for having lived in this world.”
If you ever wondered about the Croatian legend known as the House of the Happy Man, doubt no longer.
I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. And, more importantly, I picked up a story worth sharing.
Recently, as seen in the picture above, I came face-to-face with the actual 15th century stone home known as The House of the Happy Man.
Sequestered in the historic section of Omis, Croatia, the House of the Happy Man continues to stand today as one man’s testimony to gratitude and joy.
Had my eagle-eyed husband not spotted a fascinating post in an airline magazine en route to Split, Croatia, I would have missed a trip to this magical seaside haven. More importantly, I would have overlooked what has emerged into a modern day parable worth sharing.
If you’re like me, you recall hearing certain fairy tales during childhood that captured your imagination and fueled your passions. One story that captured me was Peter Pan.
I never forgot the sense of awe I felt as I viewed an illustration of the fairy-like Peter Pan flying in through the nursery room window of Wendy, John and Michael Darling. More importantly, I was awed by his invitation to the children to fly out with him into Never Never Land. That day, I decided I wanted to go to Never Never Land, too. For me, it represented an ideal state where happiness, youth and vitality were ever present.
The darker personalities like Captain Hook in Peter Pan’s story were easily forgotten. But the concept of an extra-dimensional window has always remained in my spirit. Peter Pan’s portal — suggesting we could “fly” with others into higher realms of liberty — always struck me as a possibility. Perhaps Peter Pan fueled my belief in a society that was living happy – from the inside out.
Maura Sweeney is a Podcaster, Author and Speaker
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