Have you seen the latest Harry Potter Movie? If you have you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, well then, listen up.
In the latest installation of this sorcery fest based at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, during a a little classroom competition Harry wins a small bottle of liquid luck – a luck potion. He figured out how to make a certain mixture by reading about it in… naaah… I won’t spoil it all for you, just in case you haven’t seen it.
Anyway, Ron, Harry’s best mate, is the ‘goalie’ in the latest inter-house quidditch competition and he’s, well, let’s just say he’s shitting bricks. (Sorry, wasn’t I supposed to ‘shit’? Okay, I won’t say ‘shit’ again. I promise… I think).
On the day of the competition, at the amazingly long dining table, Harry hands Ron a cup to drink from. Another student, can’t remember the name, asks if Harry’s put the ‘luck potion’ in it. Without saying a word Harry smiles, wryly, and puts the bottle back in his pocket.
Hermione (pronounced Her-me-own, as far as I’m concerned), in her usual goody-two-shoes way, exhorts Ron not to drink. So he does. And immediately begins to smile and is raring to go.
At the game itself, Ron is unbeatable. At the end of the game he is the hero, the champion, and even gets the girl… even if she is ugly. Hermione is jealous.
Harry later confides to Hermione that he hadn’t, in fact, given him the potion. It was just a ruse, a trick, to give Ron the confidence to be who he truly is and play as he really can. A confidence booster.
I was reminded of this as, lately, I’ve been feeling quite down myself and feeling very low. So I did something I felt I’ve needed to do for a long time. I found myself a mentor – someone who’s ready to give me a kick up the backside when I need it most.
Because, the fact is, it’s not the people around who doubt us most. The ones who doubt us most are the ones looking straight back at us when we look in the mirror.
And it’s at these times when we need someone whose only concern is to ensure we do our best and not feed our egos, which rarely helps, especially if we think there’s nothing there to feed.
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