“Well Emma, you might become better acquainted with yourself for there will be plenty of time for that.” ~ Mr. Knightly
While Mr. Knightly chided Emma with the above advice, I’m embracing it as a personal affirmation for the coming year of 52 Dates with Myself.
My first date took me to a presentation Jane Austen’s Emma. The endearing story was presented by all for One productions, inc., a not-for-profit arts organization whose home theater is the Auditorium of the Allen County Public Library. The 230 seat venue provides an intimate setting for their annual series.
Emma is both witty and charming and provided me with a number of reflective moments. Set in a small town in Regency England, it tells the story of a privileged young woman. Many think highly of Emma, yet there opinions are often exceeded by Emma’s own opinion of herself and her ideas and insights into their lives. As her friend, Mr. Knightly claims, her main fault is that “she feels qualified to direct others’ lives.
Captured by her charms, yet not deceived by her folly, only Mr. Knightly, a bachelor and neighbor of Emma’s, has the strength of character and loving concern to confront her misguided opinion of herself. Knightly’s honest challenging of Emma’s oft-foolish behavior or guidance to others helps her to recognize the error of her ways. Not wasting the lesson, Emma soon finds her own strength of character and develops a true sense of grace and wisdom.
My reflections from Emma, and my first of 52 Dates with Myself:
- Embrace getting to know myself, taking advantage of every opportunity, whether sought or brought, to do so.
- Find and cherish a friend who will speak truth to me out of a heart of loving kindness.
- Direct my own life. Welcome personal change and growth.
- Trust that others can direct their own lives, just as I can direct mine.
What’s one of your favorite plays? What life insights have you taken away from it or another play or movie?