“Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
Theater is full of dramas that exalt “sacrifice” as love. These dramas make the statement that any change is intolerable:
- If balance – once experienced – cannot be restored,
- If love – given freely – cannot survive, OR
- If one’s relational boundaries – as originally experienced – cannot be justly maintained.
And, of course, sacrifice is then both honorable and inevitable. Self-identification requires it. We cannot stand apart from the love which grounds us to meaning and purpose.
“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein
As we have seen over the last three blog entries: creative imagination builds the context for our sympathies and resentments by building analogies from our past (“as if” experience) — which we then use to interpret the present by “living ourselves” into them.
What we haven’t seen is how the power we have can be re-imagined — once we are willing to reclaim the belief in our significance from a new perspective.
Anne : I simply go on and keep doing what I’ve done and have faith that inside she’s… (pause) that inside is waiting, like water underground.
Today, I want to look at The Miracle Worker (a 1962 drama starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke).
If you remember, I mentioned that my movie library has only two movies: Big Fish (which I have already talked about in …trust and its release…) and The Miracle Worker. Both films are illustrative of important coaching lessons, which is why I bring them to your attention here.