To my friends in Myspace

By Paulo Coelho

I would like to thank each and every myspace friend who left a comment yesterday. Let me write a few lines on how did I spent my birthdayOn the eve (23/08)

I drove to Lourdes at 11:15 PM, so I could be in front of the grotto at 00:05 AM and pray for everything that happened in my life in the past, and ask Her protection for the future. I was surprised to see how connected I was with the Spiritual Energy (it is not always like this). On the other hand, as there were only my wife and I, I felt a bittle lonely, and I told her my feelings.

“It was your choice” she answered. Indeed, it was my choice,. I said earlier I had a fantastic birthday party in March 19, with friends and readers. Still, I was feeling alone, saying to myself that I made the wrong choice. I met many celebrities in my life and, believe it or not, they all have this strange sensation: loneliness.

On my way back to the grotto I put the mobile on, and it rang. It was Monica, my friend and my agent. Arriving at home, at 1:00 AM, there was the birthday cake, more phone calls, a quick chat with a friend (Rosa de los Vientos).

And when I woke up, I knew that there were no reason to feel alone. I don’t need to elaborate, as you can guess (calls, flowers, etc). I walked for 1 hr. in the Road to Santiago (it is 30 kms from here), then back to work, talking to people, a chat with my Brazilian readers, etc. But I would like to talk here to to myspace friends.

I could not moderate the comments during the day, so I asked Paula (the first thumbnail on my top friends, and my assistant) to do this. She was impressed. She did it again at 7:00 PM, and I myself did it at 11:00 PM. We got over 500 messages, all of them approved (if you sent a message, you will see it on the first 10 pages of comments). If you consider that I have currently 5.000 friends, at least 10% wrote.

At 1:00 AM today, I start reading all of them. Nika made a youtube card from Facebook friends, Susana sent a slide show of her daughter drawing my t-shirt, Marcia also made a slide show (they are also in my blog this weekend: www.paulocoelhoblog.com ). Other readers and friends sent me words of love. Thank you very much. You are part of my life, and this is so important, you cannot imagine.

As you can see in my favorite books, “The Prophet” is one of them. So I would like to ask Gibran to express what I feel:

“Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the “nay” in your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay.”

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

Love to you all

Paulo

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Comments

  1. JENNY CESTI says:

    HOLA PAULO
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    JENNY

  2. SIDO says:

    Paulo ,

    La solitude est grande quand le but n’est pas atteint

    La solitude est grand lorsqu’on ne peut faire comprendre précisément les émotions qui nous anime , ou plus exactement le réél Partage de ce vide et de ce Plein , en même temps

    Il est parfois difficile de ce “refondre” dans un présent , un peu éloigné d’un vécu intense …la communion y est différent , et les “modes de communication ( ou “réception” au sens émission /réception ) ….le sentiment d’être seul y est donc collant et malêtre même si l’amour est présent autour de soi

    La conscience d’ “autre chose ” fait que cela vous met en décalage ( et comme l’enfant qui a appris à faire du vélo avant ces autres copains qui le regarde , émerveillés de sa prouesse et désireux de l’imiter , il resteseul à faire du vélo , et par conséquent il est comme frustré que les autres ne connaissent pas ce bonheur … car il aimerait tant être moins seul , car il aime tant ses amis ..

    Avec tout mon amour
    the winner stand alone parfois parmi les autres et avec les autres
    (que Dieu nous préserve de garder le lien qui nous lie à eux , par l’amour de Dieu et pour l’Amour des hommes , et qu’il nous guide )

    non vous n’êtes pas seul Paulo
    ( et dans les moments difficiles ou de bluzz je relie ” La Prière du pélerin de St Jacques ” :

    A la fin de sa vie ,
    un homme regarda en arrière et vit que ,
    tout le long du chemin il y avait 4 empreintes de pas sur le sable , les siennes , et celles de Dieu .
    Mais dans les moments difficiles , il n’y en avait plus que 2 !
    Trèssurpris et même peiné , il dit à Dieu :
    ” Je vois que c’est justement dans les moments difficiles que tu m’as laissé seul…
    Mais non ! Lui répondit Dieu , dans les moments difficiles , il y avait seulement les traces de mes pas à moi ,
    parcequ’alors …je te portais dans Mes bras …”

    Parfois vivre des choses “extraodinaires ” nous fait sentir la rareté et donc la solitude ….moi ,qui est unvécu spirituel intense , comme je l’ai décrit dans mon lovre que je vous ai envoyé sur Myspace ( Dieu , les anges , l’audelà , l’énergie du monde , ST Jacques et St Jean ….Marie …)
    Marie est près de vous aussi …

    dans tout mon amour pour vous tous
    Une amie qui vous a trouvé sur Myspace et votre blog , après que Dieu m’ai conduit vers vous
    Non , vous n’êtes pas seul , tous ils sont tous là et fermant les yeux vous sentirez leur amour
    Sido

  3. Marie-Christine says:

    Merci mon ami.Merci pour cette sagesse et toutes ses connaissances.
    J’ai compris tant de choses et decouvert un autre monde. Aujourd’hui pour la premiere fois, un voile s’est leve.
    “Quand on a connu le desert on lui reste a jamais redevable d’une epreuve benefique, celle qui vous enjoint d’oublier.
    Le silence du desert vous depouille. Par la vous devenez vous-meme – c’est a dire rien – mais un rien qui ecoute.” Edmond Jobes dans le desert.
    Avec tout mon amour

  4. ashoka1 says:

    well,i have always heard celeb people have little time for themselves and they are very lonely.Sometime i feel lucky that i am not one of them but again i want to do something great in my life.i need to make sure i am not lonely then.

  5. jonr says:

    Your birthday note saddens me. Is 5000 friends enough? Is a lifetime partner to share your birthday enough? Perhaps your loneliness is an illusion brought forth by a hunger for the things of this world. Within yourself, is there not godhead essence, overflowing and complete? It seems your hands are so full you cannot touch your own heart.