Friday, January 14, 2011
I've seen ads for the new Vince Vaughn movie, The Dilemma. The reviews say skip it, but I've been in Vince's dilemma, to tell or not to tell someone a hard truth about a loved one who is umm, involved, with someone else. There's plenty of examples in ancient literature of this position, all of which can be summed up with the simple response that people often shoot the messenger, the grade school equivalent -- No one likes a tattle-tale.
At a restaurant once, my table ordered two temptation rolls. It's the best thing on the menu, of course, and the waitress set them down, saying, Here's your first temptation and then, here's another temptation. I texted this line to myself, as I am wont to do, as the writing angel leaves if you don't get down what you hear when you hear it. You have about twenty minutes before the angel leaves and gives your precious dialogue to someone else if you don't capture it. That's just the way it is. I didn't make the rules. So what do you do with another temptation? The table is large, and there is enough for everyone. Confession, guilt, and pain are like this as well. I once saw a confessional where the screen looked like a prop from a high school play, too small for anyone to hide behind.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"There are things to confess to the world, and things that need not be said." Joni Mitchell
Just started watching Dexter -- how did I miss this show for so long?! It's quite good, even for the squeamish.
Benedictions and Maledictions