There’s the criminal who stole bread and eventually escapes from prison, who reforms his life after a man of the cloth shows mercy on him.
There’s the man of the law who can’t stop hunting the criminal as a matter of principle no matter how much he reforms his life.
There’s the woman who was abandoned by her spouse and turns in desperation to cheap money to support her daughter; and
There’s the passionate young men who lawlessly barricade themselves after trying to take down the government for its oppressing policies.
The play follows each of these characters' journeys, allowing you to understand their pain and see their mistreatment among the hands of others. You know they’ve engaged in wrongdoing, but you find yourself feeling compassion, empathy, and hope that they can just live their lives free of the physical and mental chains that enslave them. The play so eloquently ends with the main character (the reformed criminal) passing away, finally free of all that plagued him along with those who passed before him. His final words, as you can watch in the clip above, are “to love another person is to see the face of God.”
As I self-reflect this week and listen to people's experiences, I hope we can contemplate these life-changing lessons from Les Misérables, reminding us that no matter whether we've been hurt by others, or have hurt others, that only love, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness can truly free us and enable us to do the same for others.
Your family is very special to me. Your well-being and inherent value are on my mind. My family and team are here for you today and always.
Laura and Josh
The Meier Law Firm
p.s. Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there, especially to my husband Josh, my dad Allen, and my father-in-law David. I hope your day is fun and relaxing and that you all get your sports back very soon!