When Reilly and Norah go through one of the many portals on their journey to find Tir Na Nog, they meet Flavio Xanthipee, a horse-like creature with a golden mane. Flavio escorts them to the Well of Infused Light where they discover the secret of finding hope in each moment. Reilly peered hesitantly into the pool of clear water.
“Do not resist what is,” Flavio Xanthipee implored. “What you resist will continue to scorn you, haunt and plague you—until you find the golden thread woven into it. Look again.” Flavio took a step forward and nudged Reilly from behind. Although Reilly had felt great anticipation moments before, he was now equally gripped with fear.
“Move away from the resistance—into hope,” the horseman said.
“How?” Reilly cried out.
“Find a reason to be grateful for the moment.”
“Grateful!” It was too much for Reilly. Hadn’t he already done his best? Sadness and grief flooded his chest and shot down his spine. “Grateful?”
“Look for the golden thread,” Flavio encouraged him kindly. “Just look.”
Later, as Reilly begins to face some of his greatest fears from a different perspective, Flavio Xanthipee gives him further direction.
“Your gratitude offers answers to the questions locked inside of you, but which can only be revealed upon your asking. Look for the good that emerges out of difficulties, challenges and sorrow, and you will always find reasons to be grateful. Gratitude dispels the gloom of any dark moment and opens our hearts to hope.”
The wise creature gives a final message before Reilly and Norah leave through another portal.
“Welcoming whatever comes is a rare thread of gratitude woven only into open hearts and minds.”