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Unpredictable pleasures.

Posted by Nadiva Olivier on September 20, 2007

fleur-staticflickrcom-144165901_4ebb293cc7_o.jpgI remember when Spring in Brazil used to make me happy. I loved to see flowers blooming again in the gardens, getting out to feel the sun, starting out with friends to get a evening drink or simply staying on the balcony at home looking for the sunrise in the morning or enjoying a gorgeous sunset.

Today, Spring means that Christmas will soon be here and we have to hurry up. There are some Spiritualists that remember Spring. First grade students will make some drawings to decorate their classroom and perhaps there will be someone in a park who will talk about a celebration of Spring in a given Sunday. The real thought, however, is planning Christmas. Somehow this seems strange because Spring is here, we see it in the flowers, in the warm temperatures. On the other hand, Christmas is not here and we do not feel it.

If I had to pick the saddest thought about Spring it would be how much I miss the Spring celebrations. Despite the business pressure, I prefer to celebrate Spring and just postpone Christmas a bit more. People seem to have forgotten Nature. Money, sales, budget, targets are the real nature of men today. This does not make us happy. One should think carefully about how distant we have become from our real nature. If you make your decisions according to nature, you will feel good. Your decisions will not be based on environmental pressures. You will feel obliged to a performance that does not make you want to do more. 

Unfortunately our desires are all on indefinite hold until someone tells us to do something. So it is Spring. It is better to consider that the last quarter of the year is here and you will probably have to fight a little harder to achieve your goals.

This Spring, however, please accept my humble invitation. Give yourself a pirate name and take your boat to spread flowers in the ocean and celebrate the season. My pirate name is Dirty Mary Rackham. Does that sound appropriated? Try yours at and then we can discuss your choices. Pleasure, not certainties, makes sense for a pirate. This September, when Spring starts in Brazil, try doing this. You will then prepared for doing budgeting, planning and whatever else, really nurtured.


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Pavarotti, a sunny voice. A soul with a choice.

Posted by Nadiva Olivier on September 9, 2007

sunflowerSunflowers were his favourite ones. “Sa voix solaire” – as French used to say – made theathers full of light, touching hearts and souls very deep. A sunny man. Pavarotti was a plein human, full of all these beauties and pleasures humans are eager to taste since the very early years in life. Even if someone criticize his “Three Tenors` mega concerts, or call the attention for his allegedly passion for money, show, wine, pasta and other “pecadillos”, he has been a sunny man and lived a splendorous life as a human being among us. Pavarotti remembers me William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), a media tycoon, talking to his daughter Susan Parrish (Claire Forlani) in the very first scenes of Meet Joe Black. Parrish describes her relationship with her fiancée: “ There’s not an ounce of excitement, not a… whisper of a thrill.” Pavarotti was the thriller himself. His thrilling voice enchanted us all, in each of his many performances.

You cannot know what is beyond death. But you can taste all the gifts that God gave us to live with, in this life, at this planet. Pope Benedict XVI´s telegram on Pavarotti´s death was perfect when wrote that he had “honored the divine gift of music through his extraordinary interpretative talent.” There are so many splendorous gifts for us, human beings, in this wonderful world.

Allow me to quote William Parrish again, when describing to the daughter what he wants for her concerning love: “I want you to get swept away out there. I want you to levitate. I want you to…sing with rapture and dance like a dervish… Be deliriously happy, or at least leave yourself open to be.” Meet Joe Black is a movie about Death (personified in a man´s body – Joe Black/Brad Pitt), itself, entering Parrish life and home, to take him away just when he is about to celebrate his 65th birthday, living a fantastic life. Pavarotti would celebrate his 72nd birthday in October 12th. Joe Black is curious about Life on earth. He lets Parrish live a little more time in exchange of a tour into the human´s life. Joe starts tasting Life´s joy and, as a consequence, falls in love with Parrish´s daughter.

An applause to Pavarotti in his death for his joy of life. He sang and lived like a dervish. It does not matter his attitudes in his private life. What matters is that millions of persons were deeply touched with his songs and will be flying and dancing “ like dervixes” when listening to him. What matters is that he is a symbol that makes Modenna better, that fascinates poor and riches, that calls for the best of men and women in Japan, in New York and in all the countries he has been. His soul choose this planet´s human life and lived along the edge. A real Sun in our lives.

The death of this so human opera singer has to make us reflect of how gorgeous is this planet and all the aspects of our special life here. He died at 5 a.m. Just when the sun was coming to Modena… Like the last words of the great tenor aria from Puccini´s opera Turandot, “Nessun Dorma” (“None shall sleep”): “ Al alba vincero”!

Grazie, Maestro.

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