Quote of the Week – QOTW #11

This week, I reread the fourth instalment of the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. So far, it is still my favourite of the seven books but that may change as I go along.

For this QOTW, I wanted to share with you a sentence from Dumbledore’s speech at the last banquet:

“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”

 J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I think this statement applies to many situations, whether they’d be tragic or disappointing. In devastating times, it’s important to understand the causes of the tragedy to be able to move on. Unfortunately, many times it is impossible. For instance, why did that earthquake in Nepal happen? I know that there are scientific reasons for it but, when you’re not a specialist, it’s difficult to rationalise it; it just seems unfair. I think one element needs to be added to Dumbledore’s sentence and that element is time. With time comes understanding and with understanding comes acceptance.

For less tragic situations, like failing an exam for example, knowing where you went wrong is also important. In high school, I was rubbish at math and failed most of my exams. Those grades were hard to accept because I studied very hard and I just didn’t understand what was not working. However, once I looked it over with someone else, the issues became obvious and it was easier for me to get over the bad grades.

I know that Dumbledore’s sentence applies more to tragedy but I think it’s not completely wrong to think about it during our everyday tiny tragedies.

I’ll leave it at that for this week. Hope you liked it.




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