Kids Corner: T.A. Barron – “Countdown to a Meaningful Life” – One Last Word: LOVE

Wisdom of MerlinReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This campaign is based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.

For seven weeks, we have focused on seven magical words that took us on an inspiring journey. You might have thought that with the seventh word, the campaign was over… but think again.

There is one last word that flows through each of the seven magical words and which Merlin considers “the most magical word of all”: Love.

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THE WISDOM OF MERLIN: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life

will be published on March 24, 2015.

To read about all the Magical Words, please visit these posts:

First Magical Word: Gratitude

Second Magical Word: Courage

Third Magical Word: Knowledge

Fourth Magical Word: Wonder

Fifth Magical Word: Belief

Sixth Magical Word: Generosity

Seventh Magical Word: Hope

The Last Word:


Excerpts from The Wisdom of Merlin:

“Love is an invitation, not a command. But if you truly open yourself to its power, you will be swept away as if you had plunged into a mighty river.

“Love is a rope that can stretch itself infinitely. It can connect you to one person or many people. Its strength can link you forever to a place, a time, an experience, or an idea.”

“How do you express love? Through words and music and touch—really, through any kind of communication. The most powerful way, though, is simply how you live.”

One Final Quote From T.A. Barron:

“All we have—all we have—is our time and our souls. Why not make the most of both of them?”

The Impact of Love on History:

  • The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships – According to Greek mythology, the Trojan War was fought when the exquisitely beautiful Helen fell in love and ran away with Paris of Troy. To reclaim his wife, the King of Sparta went to war with Troy for ten long years, eventually winning Helen back from Paris.
  • Love and the British Monarchy – One of the greatest love stories in British history is between Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. Having made Albert her king in all but name, the couple reigned as one for 40 years. It was a time of technological innovation and advancement in human rights for Great Britain.

Great Gifts of Love:

  • The Taj Mahal – Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb and monument to his beloved wife, the Taj Mahal took 20 years and thousands of workers to build.
  • Boldt Castle – George C. Boldt, proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, ordered the construction of a grand castle as a present to his wife, Louise. Situated on a heart-shaped island, the unfinished castle was left abandoned after Louise unexpectedly passed away.

Dawn Teresa’s Thoughts on Love:

Everyone is familiar with the widely popular Lennon/McCartney song “All You Need is Love.” However, one of my favorite songs about love touches on the Divine, and comes from the solo work of another Beatle. It is George’s Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”. I think Merlin would like it, too!

I’d like to thank T.A. Barron and Chelsey Saatkamp for inviting me to take part in this  series. What a rewarding time it has been!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Please share in the comments below!


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