Which is the best example to follow?

By Paulo Coelho

Dov Beer of Mezeritch was asked:

‘Which is the best example to follow? That of the pious man who dedicates his life to God without ever asking why, or that of the erudite man, who tries to understand the will of the Almighty?’

‘The best example to follow is that of the child,’ replied Dov Beer.

‘But a child knows nothing. It doesn’t even understand what reality is!’ was the general response.

‘There you are much mistaken, because the child has four qualities that we should never forget. A child is always happy for no reason. A child is always busy. When a child wants something, he or she shows great persistence and determination in demanding that thing. Lastly, a child is always very quick to stop crying.’

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  1. marie-christine says:

    Hugs to you, Xxx

  2. marie-christine says:

    “The most profound emotion we can experience is the emotion of the mystical. It is the power of all the science.” A. Einstein

  3. Marie-Christine says:

    “The one thing that matters is the effort.”

  4. Marie-Christine says:

    “Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
    A. de Saint-Exupery

  5. Marie-Christine says:

    the child knows what reality is, he stays in the now.

  6. Marie-Christine says:

    stop thinking and just love with “all your might” P.Coelho

  7. Marie-Christine says:

    Go with the energy – where the action is –

  8. Marie-Christine says:

    a child has all the qualities of the four elements.

  9. Marie-Christine says:

    It’s good to feel like a child, you cry and then you come back to your senses and keep going. It’s so true.

  10. Marie-Christine says:

    that’s the spirit!

  11. vicky says:

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    Because it followed the zebra _ _ _

    Lots of love, :-)


  12. Rebecca says:

    To put my response into perspective: I work with children nearly every day. I am a nurse in a childrens emergency department.

    Children are what make the world go round. They are the most incredible people in the world!

    I am constantly amazed by their strength and ability. They can bounce back from anything as long as they are supported through it.

    They can make anyone smile!!! And we can do the same for them. Let go , be free,act like a child and you will have a friend for a lifetime! Support them when they need support but let them be free when the need freedom. Children know right from wrong deep down in their hearts. They are pure, they are true and they don’t lie (unless they are taught to do so!).

    The most important thing to a child is love. A hug,an acknowledgement of a task well done, listening attentively and joining in means so much to a child. Appreciate any children in your life because they will pass onto you their best qualities!

    I will always be a child at heart! I hope that you will learn to let go , make a silly face, tell a silly joke and dance to the beat of your heart!

    Ps: Why did the chicken cross the road???

    Lots of love x x x

  13. vicky says:

    Why is it that when as an adult you love unconditionally, wear no mask, pretend nothing… it needs explaining?
    At what point do we start distrusting love?
    Bad experiences? because children have those too and they are able to erase them amazingly quickly without a trace…

    Lots of love,


  14. Karen says:

    That’s funny!

  15. tania chilby says:

    In those early years of a child of 0-7 when they are not quite in there physical bodies still developing the energy coming in to develop and grow, as long as the brain does not take it in with too much learning , this takes away from the imagination and innocence ,and learning too much too early destroys the childhood ,of the magic and wonder of angels and faires,mother earth helpers .Blessings Tania

  16. g(uk) says:

    In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

    when I grow up I want to be a child.


  17. agnieszka says:

    Pozdrowienia dla mojej Danusi.
    lots of love too,


  18. rainer says:

    Hello Sir,
    I think that is another way to describe, what the book fish tries to say. Very wise this short story.
    Thank you Sir

  19. agnieszka says:

    Dear Paulo,

    “a child is always happy for no reason…”
    – so true

    The child’s enthusiasm and imagination combines everything that is needed to understand and enjoy the simplicity amd complexity of God.

    God always speaks to children because they are pure, honest and open to anything that comes to them.
    They don’t wear masks, don’t pretend, and see things as they really are,
    they love unconditionally!

    God always speaks to the children that are deep inside us.

    I think You wrote this too, in your books, didn’t You?


  20. Kathleen says:

    You see, this is why I just adore children.

    (also they have the added bonus of being incredibly funny and entertaining)

    Kathleen xxx

  21. Leaf says:

    And that is why children are the gift of God to the world.
    and that is why I am True to their spirit, to never take away anything that God has given them for this life.
    Because we are all born ‘with what it takes’
    and we all have the capabilities to take it where we will.
    ‘The kingdom of God belongs to such as these’
    ‘whoever causes one of these little ones to sin will never see God’
    (probably misquoted but you all know me…!)

    much love to all
    Libh x

  22. Danusia says:

    I love this story, so true. :)
    Pozdrowienia dla mojej Agnieszki.