The Only Permanent Thing

I was at the gym today for 45 minutes, and happened to see the movie “Eat Pray Love”. I have already seen and reviewed this interesting movie.

But today something hit me while watching the movie.

The scene before me on the tread mill’s screen was the one in which Julia Roberts visits some accommodation in Rome for living, and has to deal with a vociferous and burly housekeeper. The Italian lady keeps talking a lot of punch points, but the one which caught by attention was this: “Listen, the only permanent thing in life is family”.

I am not sure how many nationalities would have said that, some would have said something different, many would have said nothing is permanent, and a few might have said that family is the only permanent thing. Sure. But, for Italians and Italian moms, the only sure and permanent thing in life is family.

They show many scenes in this movie where an Italian family is having dinner/lunch and drinking – with lots of talk and banter. Shouldn’t it be like that all the time, all the days ? After all, we have to get to closely understand our own family members and close friends and nothing reveals one’s character and views like a networking dinner. And, that’s what happens in the Italian dinner in the movie.

Money comes and goes, everything else comes and goes, but the family stays together, through thick and thin. That is the message from the Italian housekeeper mom in the movie. She might be a tad insensitive talking about American girls visiting Italy, et al, but the truth is that the old lady loves her family. She is also truthful about the dilapidated condition of her apartment !

The lesson that we have to learn is this – never ignore or give up on your own family. They are the only permanent thing to associate with you, and you can never forget that fact. This applies to your immediate and extended family members. One needs to stay connected and keep in close contact with the family. The family is the only integrated unit that is out there in this world, which has survived thousands of years of tumult in this world, and it will continue to operate and stay together in the future as well.

Remember again: your family is the only permanent thing that is out there – so take care of them and everything will just be fine.


Vijay Srinivasan
1st April 2012


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