Choose wisely

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It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
~Albus Dumbledore

Peanut was officially introduced to the wizarding world this past weekend. She sat mesmerized as Harry Potter, Ron, Hermione and the others enchanted her imagination. Some will say she’s a bit too young for the movies and I might agree…except we’re watching it with her and are quick to answer questions and keep her focused on the underlying story lines of friendship, loyalty, good vs evil and sacrifice.

And you simply cannot argue with the wisdom Albus Dumbledore weaves into the story lines.

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets – 1992-1993

For as much as we love to place blame when it comes to hardships, it’s how we respond and the choices we make when faced with those situations that reveal the kind of person we really are. We can be intelligent and skilled in many abilities; we may have our dream job and be wildly successful at it; but those things don’t make up our character and true identity. We are not defined by those external factors. We are defined by our internal thoughts and how those thoughts are carried out in our choice of actions. And that’s no one else’s fault.

Remember, the time will come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy.
~Albus Dumbledore; Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – 1994-1995

How spot on correct is that statement? We all come to points in our lives when we need to choose the ethical and moral thing to do. And many times, that is not the easy choice. All to often, we choose the easy road; the road that we think will lead to our happiness the quickest; the road with the least amount of expectation or effort on our part. We forget that it’s the hardships, trials and challenges that mold our character and speak to our inner strength. And that is never built up taking the easy way out.

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

In book 7, The Deathly Hallows, Albus Dumbledore included a passage from the bible when he placed the inscription on the grave of his sister and mother. It’s directly from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 6:19-24; Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. It was a constant reminder to him of the result of his quest for fame and glory. And it was instrumental in his attitude adjustment that, in turn, made him well respected and admired among everyone in the wizarding world. 

Throughout the Harry Potter series we see characters who sacrifice the people they love to pursue fame, glory and power. They are the ones whose choices to achieve success at all costs, cost them more than they expected. Dumbledore’s sacrifice of his sister in his quest for power is just one example of walking away from those you love in pursuit of something else you treasure more.

But sacrifice is present on the other end as well. Harry’s friends, Ron and Hermione, repeatedly risk their lives to help Harry defeat evil. Self-sacrificial love is seen from Harry’s mother, Lily, as she dies to save her infant son from Voldemort; Ron’s selfless actions in the Wizard’s Chess game is seen as he sacrifices his safety so Harry can pursue recovery of the Sorcerer’s Stone; Harry sacrifices a sure win in the Goblet of Fire race to save Ron in the Black Lake by breaking the rules and rescuing an additional person…a person with whom he has no relationship or vested interest. Hermione’s sacrifice is to continually put herself in danger as a despised and wanted *muggle-born* witch in order to help keep Harry and Ron safe with her intellect and skills. Even Dobby, the former house elf, sacrifices his life in his devotion to Harry’s safety.

But in the end, it’s Harry Potter who chooses to sacrifice himself at the hands of his enemy, Lord Voldemort, to save his friends. Having seen sacrificial love on his behalf all his life, it’s not out of the question for him to consider this as the only option. It’s Harry’s choice to accepts death without resistance that paves the way to the ultimate victory over his enemy.

Self sacrifice. Unconditional love.


And that is what we want Peanut to remember.

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8 thoughts on “Choose wisely

  1. AWESOME post, Lisa!!!

    “it’s how we respond and the choices we make when faced with those sit­u­a­tions that reveal the kind of person we really are. We can be intel­li­gent and skilled in many abil­i­ties; we may have our dream job and be wildly suc­cessful at it; but those things don’t make up our char­acter and true iden­tity. We are defined by our internal thoughts and how those thoughts are car­ried out in our choice of actions.”

    Love that because it’s so true! And you’re right, choices and challenges are not always easy, however, they are what mold our character and inner strength.

    Beautiful photograph of the pansies!


  2. Wonderful post and I agree with Ron on how we respond and which choices we make in life. Character and being faithful to your own true colors, define our identity.

    Lovely capture of Nature, I love Pansies they have such “Happy Faces”!


  3. Excellent quote and having spent probably 3/4 of my life now, I agree. At times, it is difficult to be true to oneself as we know ourselves and not to please the crowd. Yellow is such a wonderful, uplifting color and is perfect in your Pansy, and they are such a fun flower.


  4. Such a joy to read this post. I will always have a fond place in my heart for the Harry Potter tales. I read the first book aloud to my son as my husband was undergoing chemotherapy and our family faced a very uncertain time. You are so right, many good lessons to learn from this timeless story. Perfect photo to go along!


  5. First of all, your pansies are beautiful. Second, I’m not sure how old Peanut is but my daughter and granddaughter began reading Harry Potter together when she was 5. This past year she took her turn reading and she is now reading at an unbelievably advanced rate. After they finished a book, they would watch the movie together. Third, you are so right! Albus Dumbledore was a treasure chest of wisdom. Did you cry when he died? I did.


  6. Older boy has never gotten into that series and younger sister has not discovered it yet.

    Sounds like a lots of treasures are being gathered–glad you are there to point them out.


  7. The purple flowers with the purple font (and great quote!) work so well. I like the way that you are watching the Harry Potter movies with your peanut. Sounds like this will be a tremendous teaching / learning time together.


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