The new Beauty & The Beast release has been bringing joy to those who grew up on the classic cartoon. Reliving the story of the transition of young Belle seeing the Beast as only a monster, to eventually seeing someone lovable is a moving tale.
Lately I have been plagued by the mirror of myself, feeling like all that’s visible is the ugly scars. Discouragement has set in, but I don’t think giving up is an option this time around. My EnneaThought today said, “Recall the times in your life when you let significant opportunities for growth and challenge pass you by. Why did you let them go?” My mind originally read it as, “Where did you let them go?” Either way, the opportunity for growth has come at me once again, and this time I’m not interested in letting it go.
As I think about the story of Belle and the Beast, I am struck by the freedom that the Beast receives through the love of another–and in turn, the freedom that those in his presence receive.
It truly is love that removes our binds and allows us to live. Love is patient, kind..it does not envy or boast..it is not proud or rude..it is not self-seeking…it always trusts, always hopes. Love never fails.
I long to look at my scars and failures with love: what’s hurting? what’s being triggered? are you afraid? is there someone you need to forgive? is there someone you need to apologize to?
And in the process, I long to do the same with others. When we are free, we invite others to be free too. I’m grateful for Belle’s hesitancy in the beginning, and watching her progression from furious to free–and eventually able to love beyond the surface.