Friday, December 14, 2007

Love in the Time of Opera

These days are associated with introspection and forgiveness that covers a lot of ground. Pardon, mercy, and forgiveness are good things to want; and it makes good sense to offer them too, even when it's difficult, when our egos and thrones get in the way. There's nothing like reprieve and pardon when you don't expect it. It's better than finding ten dollars in an old jacket pocket. Even if it's a buck or a good stick of gum, we're still happy about it, mainly because it's unexpected or even undeserved. For a reason I keep private, I remember the operatic story Orfeo Ed Euridice (the version I saw), which delivers a positive message of love and redemption in cascading fashion. If you'd like to know more about this narrative, please go here to read. I love happy endings. The best "art" ends that way, me thinks. Thanks.


Blogger UmmFarouq said...

I wonder how many of us keep track of those we've wronged and consciously try to make amends. Often it is easier to let our hearts blacken with grudges and resentment than it is to really ask forgiveness and/or give someone another chance.

This is also part of our growth (or lack thereof) as Bani Adam on this earth. We can flourish or perish based on our willingness to forgive and seek forgiveness.

12/15/2007 1:32 PM  
Blogger UmmFarouq said...

Alhamdulillah for second (and third, and fourth) chances.

12/15/2007 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was one of my favorite entries. Spoken like a man who understands about love. Now, if you can only just clean the kitchen...


12/15/2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger fromclay said...

Umm, agreed. The hardest thing on the ego is making amends. People are truly complex. Ibn Ata'Allah is quoted as saying, "When one is confronted with two choices, he or she should choose the one that's hardest on the ego. Invariably, it will be the correct decision."

N, where's the mop?

12/15/2007 4:59 PM  

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