A search for Meaning

Stories have meaning,220px-Almeida_Júnior_-_Moça_com_Livro those we experience and those we create years later when our perception or memory of the episode has changed a bit and so is the understanding of ourselves.

What was once associated with some pain, has now become cause for laughter and amusement, a comic release of past disappointments or embarrassing moments. This moments are beneficial and a sign we no longer attribute to the experience a negative feeling rather find meaning in how we perceive it in this moment.

A honey moon in Italy where the groom invites the mother to come along!!? and the naive bride who in the most practical response possible agrees, after all the mother in law had come all the way from the US for the wedding…the least we could do is bring her with us as we  travel around Italy sightseeing. Aside from the fact a Fiat convertible is not the best car to drive for 3 people since the back seat is made for very short people, it is also too cramped to extend your legs. We decided to take turns seating in back and driving, so mom could sit in the front and be comfortable.

The trip from Rome to Venice seemed longer than expected under those conditions. We survived the trip yet another fateful coincidence was expecting us. Venice is the most romantic city of all where even the gondolier sings love songs and everyone there seem to be on a honeymoon hugging and kissing in public

.Apparently our arrival coincided with a large conference and therefore there were no rooms at the Inns. Finally we found one room in town as the night approached, and the hotel manager made a suggestion to place a small bed at the foot of the matrimonial bed. By this time we were hungry tired and ready to give up on having privacy.That night we were as cozy as one could get under the circumstances and slept well enough.

I reflect on that moment and can only assume my thoughts, I think I was too tired to care. And then we took mom to Oktoberfest where the groom mostly slept in the bathtub at the end of the evening. I almost turned the water on him few times but resisted the temptation for fear of retaliation.

One thing for sure, I was beginning to have the distinct feeling this marriage was not going to last.


For the Beauty there is in Silence

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
Lao Tzu
“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.”
George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such
“In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.”
“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
Elbert Hubbard
“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
I never knew so much could be thought of silence but from the time in the womb I heard voices and music and feelings, waves of pain and love tinted and weaved around me before me was known even to me…even then the silence was known in the quiet, restful breathing and beating of the heart…when all was still in the night, our heart music went on in silent reverie of love.
@ Madeleine
@ sunrise by Madeleine


Truth resides in the human heart.

Let’ s always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Dr. Barbara Condron book called Peacemaking gives 9 lessons for changing yourself, your relationships & your world. The book is published by the School of Metaphysics (SOM) where she is a faculty member.

All beings desire love, yet love needs a peaceful heart and mind to grow and bear fruits.

If you want love and seek love you must regard “Peace as the breath of your spirit, born within the depth of your being to heal and inspire” as described in the Universal Peace Covenant, your every thought, word and deeds.