Diamond in the Rough



My soul does not match the mirror. I love the inside … not so much the outside. I want them to join and become one.

“Hold fast to the human inside of you and you’ll survive.” ~The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Film (2007)

“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes - it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.” ~Maya Angelou, American Poet

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul” ~George Bernard Shaw, Irish Author

1 comment:

  1. What a coincidence. I just watched the Diving Bell and the Butterfly this weekend-Twice. It was a deeply inspirational movie. I’m a pretty big fan of Julian Schnabel.

    This movie is a classic example of mind over matter. Although Bauby’s body was paralyzed or “locked in” his mind was still free to be creative. I love movies about personal triumph.

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