Part reflection, part research, part essay, Gilbert looks at the institution of matrimony in all its subtle and not so subtle hues. In tandem with her ‘new’ partner Felipe, Gilbert had also eschewed the idea of remarrying, especially since both had experienced messy divorces. Yet her best laid plans were savagely re-written by the US State Department who gave the couple an ultimatum: get hitched – or Felipe would never again get to press his mitts into the ink at Checkpoint Charlie and secure permanent residence in the land of the free.
I’ve not read either book (yet), so this isn’t a review, rather a reflection on one of her quotes:
“We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure – your perfection – is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the busy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”Continue reading