“While you’re caught up in why he didn’t return your call, galaxies all across the cosmic horizon are tumbling into the unknown faster than the speed of light.”—Deepak Chopra
We humans are an awful lot like Dobby, the house elf in the Harry Potter books. Thankfully, we don’t have the green tennis ball eyes or the long bat-like ears, but we do treat ourselves in much the same way.
Like Dobby, we continually settle for less. We refuse to fully accept our good. The universe is trying like bloody hell to pour out blessings and we’re so busy composing snarky tweets that we don’t even notice.
When Professor Dumbledore hired the heroic elf to work in the kitchen, he offered him ten galleons a week and weekends off. But Dobby wanted no part of it. He insisted on a single galleon and only one day off per month.
When Dobby, who always referred to himself in third person, explained his pay negotiations to Hermione, he said, “Dobby beat him down, miss. Dobby likes freedom, but he isn’t wanting too much, miss.”
That’s us. Never wanting too much. Never seeing our own beauty. Never recognizing that we have the power to create worlds.
And like Dobby, who often inflicted injury upon himself, we punish ourselves for simply being who we are. We may not hit ourselves in the head or iron our own hands, as Dobby did, but we certainly iron our hair, hit ourselves psychically every time we look in the mirror and constantly try to “improve” our perfect selves.
I prefer what British artist Ruby Etc. posted on Instagram. “The problem with my body? My brain for assimilating the concept of problem areas.”
So today, I say to myself, to Dobby and to every humanoid on the planet, “You are a perfect angel goddess rock star and I am so very, very proud of you. C’mon down and scoop up your gifts.”
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.