“To a gargoyle on the ramparts of Notre Dame as Esmeralda rides off with Gringoire Quasimodo says. “Why was I not made of stone like thee?” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Pain is one of the greatest motivators in the life of humans, without it… perhaps we would turn to stone. Pain makes us wish we had a heart of stone, but a heart of stone would not stop us from feeling pain, it’s just a different manifestation of pain. We may not feel it, but it feels us, embracing our lives with frigid fingers. We may be detached from it, but our detachment makes it cling all the more to us.
Allowing pain to affect us cracks us open and through those cracks, if we dare to look, we find a treasure beyond anything we could ever imagine – we find ourselves.
At first sight we do not always like who we see, but that is because appearances can be deceiving and we often look with eyes filled with ideas of who we should be. If we are not who we think we should be, we may find ourselves ugly.
“When you get an idea into your head you find it in everything.” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
When we let go of those ideas and allow ourselves to just be and see without desiring to see someone in particular, without expecting, but just accepting, then we can perceive the beauty in the beast we thought we were.
Once you behold just a fragment and fraction of your own beauty… you can’t help but be inspired by love.
“Love is like a tree: it grows by itself, roots itself deeply in our being and continues to flourish over a heart in ruin.” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame