When Dumbledore exited the series in the Half-Blood Prince book and movie, this unbelievable loss left the wizarding world with an extraordinary loss. Who doesn't sob when not only Dumbledore takes his devastating plunge towards his death, but when Hogwarts' students raise their wands to light up the black sky with the Dark Mark?
In light of how Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was such a strong voice of wisdom, I thought about how his words of advice can be put into motion in our own Muggle lives. Here are a few of the most enduring lessons we taught us all.
Every Potterhead knows this quote: "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." We can't predict the future, and dark times may lie ahead. The best way to make it through is to remember to turn on the light. When you're not sure you can handle one more problem coming your way, may experience peer pressure or loneliness, remain optimistic. See the good things that happen or have happened to you. All the wonderful people who love you, who you have met or helped in the smallest way. Try to see the lighter side of life, and you'll come out of the darkness.
We are all connected. Dumbledore's quest for justice equaled his gumption for love and compassion. No matter where we came from or which house students were sorted into, Dumbledore emphatically believed that our hearts beat as one. Look towards everyone with empathy and compassion, no matter where they come from, how much you may disagree with them, or what bad mistakes someone may make.
Be brave. If we stand up to speak against injustice like Dumbledore for Harry, muggles, and his fellow wizards, we can all be a little braver. It won't be easy to stand up for ourselves, against our enemies, or for our families/friends, but sometimes it's what is right. We can speak up for those around us, fight for causes we believe in and for those who can't speak for themselves. Go out into the world and be brave.
Use your powers for good. There were countless opportunities for Dumbledore to work for the Ministry of Magic, and yet he stayed loyal to Hogwarts and its students. He believed that it was not our abilities that made us who we are, it was our choices. And, we can always make decisions that benefit ourselves and others. Bring good energy into a room. Say please and thank you. Give a helping hand to those who are struggling.
Live in the present moment. We may have not known it but Dumbledore could have been one of the first to know how easy it is to become incepted by dreams. When our dreams take over our realities, they are no longer dreams but insatiable quests that may never be finished. Don't lose yourself in your dreams - no matter how tempting or overpowering the desire may be. If you live in the present moment, you can make so many of your tangible dreams achievable.
What has Dumbledore taught you? Feel free to share below in the comments!