I’d been thinking all week about dreams that can’t come true.
No thoughts worth thinking…until I saw my daughter devour yet another Harry Potter book, and with Harry Potter on the brain, I went to bed.
Grapple with a problem, grapple with it some more, and then go to sleep (in others words, let the ants sort the seeds!)
In the morning, the Mirror of Erised, a mirror that “shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts” came to mind; I often have epiphanies in the early morning.
When Professor Dumbledore discovers Harry entranced, he explains why the mirror is so beguiling and therefore dangerous: “You, who have never known your family, see them standing around you. Ronald Weasley, who has always been overshadowed by his brothers, sees himself standing alone, the best of all of them. However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible….It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
I suspect that most of us have a desperate desire of our heart, something we even desperately deserve, that we don’t have, and can’t have…
…at least in the way we imagine it.
Will you take a moment and think about what your desperate desire is, hold it in your hands, and examine it?
Inside of this something we can’t have, there are likely the seeds of a dream that is within reach.
Harry can’t have his parents, but he can be surrounded by people he loves and who love him. Ron can’t be an only child, but he can distinguish himself as he, Harry and Hermione move through their hero’s journey.
Have you ever found yourself enthralled by, wasting away in front of the Mirror of Erised?
I’m also learning to walk away from the mirage, and live my life.
No doubt you are too.