“I know a place where no one’s lost. I know a place where no one cries. Crying at all is not allowed, not in my castle on a cloud.” Les Miserables, lyrics sung by the child, Cosette.
Gratitude: Soaking in the natural beauty of the last days of summer at my favorite place along the shore line, I saw children at play, dolphins too and a man about my age building a castle in the sand. Hours passed, as the oceans hypnotic sound eased my tired body and mind while I breathed in the fresh salty air. My husband was there and we took a stroll along the beach holding hands like lovers do. We had already shared a few decades together; our daughter is a woman now. During the pauses in our conversation, I reflected on our life together while the ocean waves crashed to the shore. Together we weathered the ups and downs of life; our love, prayers, including the nurturing of family, friends and the knowing that God is for us, kept us steady and strong.
We stopped to admire the castle in the sand. The sand sculptor was now building a barricade to shield his art from the approaching waves. I knew it was futile; the ocean’s mighty waves would eventually break the barrier. Why did this artist diligently dig away for hours creating something so beautiful when he knew the ocean would ultimately sweep his creation away? I noticed the artist’s warm and welcoming demeanor with all who passed by and stopped to take a look so I asked him the question that puzzled me.
His answer was charming and simple, “I get to meet nice people like you.” I chuckled and my husband and I continued our stroll on the beach. His art was created not for money, fame or praise but to communicate with other human beings. Just a few feet away, a father and son were making their own version of the castle. I realized that the artist had inspired this moment. Long after the sand castles have disappeared, precious memories shared in love remain.
The master artist, God created us in love. During this season, fond memories of loved ones who have passed are bittersweet but their light fills the void in our hearts with warmth. The light of love can never go out because love never dies.
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
The heart of the artist touches humanity and the strength of the human spirit endures. This strength of spirit comes to light among the sorrows and hardships of life in Les Miserables. The evolution of this masterpiece is timeless. In 1862, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo was first published in French. Later, Les Miserables was turned into a musical operetta with French libretto and then adapted to English lyrics. In 2012, the movie was released with a stellar cast: Hugh Jackman, Ann Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen… etc. As I left the movie Les Miserables, the haunting melody had me humming and singing the lyrics: “Do you hear the people sing; lost in the valley of the night? It is the music of a people who are climbing to the light.”
In 2012, we have seen our share of tragedies that tear at our hearts. As we take down our Christmas lights, let us remember the light of loving moments, a smile, a child giggling or the gift of kindness. With an artist’s heart, we have the ability to create beauty that shines light on the darkness.
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Let faith and trust light your path,
Maria Lauren – YourPowerfulLIFE, (aka) Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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