Monday, May 28, 2007

The Mirror of Erised


The Mirror of Erised is a mystical mirror discovered by Harry in a back corridor of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. On it is inscribed, erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi — which, when reversed and correctly spaced, reads I show not your face but your heart's desire ("Erised" reversed is "Desire"). According to Dumbledore, the Mirror "shows us nothing more or less than the deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts."
I am re-reading the Harry Potter series in preparation for a summer of new movies and books. In the past I have always read about the Mirror of Erished simply for what it is, a plot devise. But this time I started pondering what I might see in this magical mirror.
The truth is, I have everything I want … except.
I want to be more attractive.
I want to be more in control.
I want my house to be more clean.
I want more sleep.
I want more money.
I want more time.
I just want more.
I simply want perfection.
And I am a very long way from perfect.
No wonder I’m bummed out so much of the time.

4 comments:

JoE said...

It is good to want things, that is what keeps us going most of the time. If you had everything on your list then what would you want? Or what would be your purpose?

I am bummed out quite a bit of the time also--it seems like that when I get what I want it is rather anti-climactic. Rahter than suffer from depression, I took up Yoga...so far, so good.

wyo sis said...

I want it all and I want it now! Who said that?
I'm dismayed to know that we want the same things the only thing I could skip is more sleep, as you can see it is late and I do like to stay up late. I would like a nap though.

Hillbilly sister said...

I believe in dreaming big and working to make it come to pass. Otherwise, without dreams nothing will happen.

Alf's boy said...

I would like all my kids to grow up strong in the gospel and to hear "well done thou good and faithful servent."