Overmuch lately, I find myself ruminating on forgiveness and redemption. How much can a person do before they have gone into the unforgivable, and there is no explanaiton or apology they can make for redemption in another person’s eyes? It’s an individual barrier to be sure. In my faith, we are called to forgive everything because we are all deeply flawed, and we should ask for the grace to do what we are completely unable to do when you are pig-biting mad. No matter if you are religious or not, all of us must struggle with what to forgive, what to forget, and when it is too much.
Oh, no, you’re not going to get a Patty Soap Opera here, y’all.
My next thought – as it should be for any good perfumista – what does forgiveness and redemption smell like? Answering this question has been far tougher than I thought it would be.
Forgiveness smells cold and earthy, as you must set aside your own hurt coldly, take out the emotion, disengage, reach deep within your emotional capacity and rationally overlook the cracks and broken places in another. But it must be a little bit warm because out of the cold must come pity and compassion enough to heat the heart to give genuine forgiveness. It smells like Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist.
Redemption must smell of hope and promise, going on without ever forgetting what has gone before. It must mix regret with desperation, and at its core must be the smell of humanity, slightly decaying, but beautiful for all of its flaws. I turned over a lot of scents in my mind for this, but finally settled on CB I Hate perfume Cradle of Light or Strange Invisible Perfumes Lady Day…
… and I put them together, side by side, running my nose from my elbow to my hand, and I can smell the limits of forgiveness and redemption, and there are none.
What scents go with forgiveness and redemption for you?