On Love

white-peony-bouquetTwelve years ago, Michael Jackson visited Oxford University to give a lecture. He spoke about relationships. About being a parent and forgiving our parents. He highlighted the importance of simple acts such as reading a bedtime story. And he advised us, as he always did, to love one another. Although I read his speech when I was barely finishing high school (many, many years ago!), it struck a chord with me and I’ve always remembered these words…

If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can he dealt with. A professor may degrade you, but you will not feel degraded, a boss may crush you, but you will not be crushed, a corporate gladiator might vanquish you, but you will still triumph. How could any of them truly prevail in pulling you down? For you know that you are an object worthy of love. The rest is just packaging.

You can either read the whole transcript or hear Michael deliver his speech here.

PS. My earliest memory of Michael Jackson.

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2 thoughts on “On Love

  1. Hello Girls,

    Love your blog, super awesome. Congratulations. You’re all very interesting characters, but you don’t say how did you meet and how the blog idea & name came up. Are you in the same city? Share with us. We love to know all those things.

    Thanks and keep the good work,
    Mauricia

    • Hi Mauricia

      We’re totally flattered to hear that you love our blog. The three of us have actually been friends since 7 years old – that’s over 22 years ago! Haha.. We met in school and have been friends ever since. The idea for this blog came up one day over dinner and it was just something we decided to do for fun. We brainstormed and came up with a million names but in the end, settled on Peonies and Pancakes as (1) we loved it! and (2) everything else we liked was already taken. It’s funny how you think you’ve come up with a quaint name only to find that someone else has thought of it already. Perhaps we’ll write a post about the birth of this blog sometime : ) It’s our lil baby, after all.

      Tanuja

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