Pause N Reflect

Love and Madness
A long time ago, before the world was created and humans set foot on it for the first time, and vices floated around and were bored, not knowing what to do.
One day, all the vices and virtues were gathered together and were more bored than ever. Suddenly, Ingenious came up with an idea: “Let’s play hide and seek!” All of them liked the idea and immediately Madness shouted: “I want to count, I want to count!” And since nobody was crazy enough to want to seek Madness, all the others agreed. Madness leaned against a tree and started to count: “One, two, three…”
As Madness counted, the vices and virtues went hiding.
Tenderness hung itself on the horn of the moon…
Treason hid in a pile of garbage…
Fondness curled up between the clouds…and
Passion went to the centre of the earth….
Lie said that it would hide under a stone, but hid at the bottom of the lake… whilst
Avarice entered a sack that he ended up breaking.
And Madness continued to count: …. “seventy nine, eighty, eighty one…”
By this time, all the vices and virtues were already hidden – except Love. For undecided as Love is, he could not decide where to hide. And this should not surprise us, because we all know how difficult it is to hide Love.
Madness: “…ninety five, ninety six, ninety seven…”
Just when Madness got to one hundred………Love jumped into a rose bush where he hid.
And Madness turned around and shouted: “I’m coming, I’m coming!”
As Madness turned around, Laziness was the first to be found, because Laziness had no energy to hide. Then he spotted Tenderness in the horn of the moon, Lie at the bottom of the lake and Passion at the centre of the earth. One by one, Madness found them all – except Love.
Madness was getting desperate, unable to find Love.
Envious of Love, Envy whispered to Madness: “You only need to find Love and Love is hiding in the rose bush.”
Madness grabbed a wooden pitch fork and stabbed wildly at the rosebush. Madness stabbed and stabbed until a heartbreaking cry made him stop.
Love appeared from the rose bush, covering his face with his hands. Between his fingers ran two trickles of blood from his eyes.
Madness, so anxious to find Love, had stabbed out Love’s eyes with a pitch fork. “What have I done! What have I done!” Madness shouted. “I have left you blind! How can I repair it?”
And Love answered: “You cannot repair my eyes. But if you want to do something for me, you can be my guide.”
And so it came about that from that day on, Love is blind and is always accompanied by Madness.
— Author Unknown

Falling in love.
Laughing so hard your face hurts.
A hot shower.
No lines at the supermarket
A special glance.
Getting mail
Taking a drive on a pretty road.
Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla or strawberry!)
A bubble bath.
A good conversation.
The beach
Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
Laughing at yourself.
Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
Running through sprinklers.
Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.
Laughing at an inside joke.
Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).
Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
Playing with a new puppy.
Having someone play with your hair.
Sweet dreams.
Hot chocolate.
Road trips with friends.
Swinging on swings.
Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
Making chocolate chip cookies.
Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
Holding hands with someone you care about.
Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much desired present from you.
Watching the sunrise.
Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
Knowing that somebody misses you.
Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

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He who reflects too much will achieve little. — Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

The best mirror is an old friend. — Saying

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An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language. ― Martin Buber

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Speak when you’re angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret. ― Lawrence J. Peter

Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen. ― Anne Sexton

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Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man. ― Henry Adams

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Waves tossed themselves against the shore, dragging grit and sand between their nails as they were slowly pulled back out to sea. ― Holly Black

Sometimes the soul takes pictures of things it has wished for, but never seen. ― Anne Sexton

Persevere. There is one dandelion that grows from the crack in the cement. Let that one dandelion be YOU. ― Dr Margaret Aranda

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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. ― Jack Kerouac
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When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other. ― Rob Sheffield

The only way to understand a river is to jump into it. ― Alice Hoffman

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. ― George Orwell

An autumn garden has a sadness when the sun is not shining… ― Francis Brett Young

Not everything that happens in your life has to hit you like a hurricane. ― Joyce Rachelle

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! ― George Bernard Shaw

There are not too many fables about man’s misuse of sunflower seeds. ― Richard Brautigan

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I’m not a vegetarian! I’m a dessertarian! ― Bill Watterson

All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk. ― Lemony Snicket

Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards. ― Vladimir Nabokov

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention. ― Tom Peters

A tomato may be a fruit, but it is a singular fruit. A savory fruit. A fruit that has ambitions far beyond the ambitions of other fruits. ― E. Lockhart

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I love you because no two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops. ― Nikki Giovanni

True love is like little roses,  sweet, fragrant in small doses.  ― Ana Claudia Antunes

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. ― Anita Desai

If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention. ― Tom Peters

Where we fall are the stepping-stones for our journey. ― Lolly Daskal

Sitting under a tree in a park in the summer, listening to birds and squirrels chirping while reading a good book is priceless. ― Charmaine J. Forde

Sunday is the golden clasp that binds together the volume of the week. ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain. ― Vivian Greene

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