Reflections of the Warrior of the Light

By Paulo Coelho

Of uselessness

The warrior of the light knows that no one is a fool, and that life teaches everyone – even if that requires time.

So he treats his neighbor according to the qualities he sees, and seeks to show the whole world each one’s capabilities.

Several companions say: “some people are useless”.

The warrior is not thrown by this. And continues to stimulate others, for this is a way to stimulate himself.

In search of affection

A warrior of the light needs love. Affection and tenderness are part of his nature – as much as eating, drinking, and the taste for Good Combat.

When a warrior is unhappy as he watches the setting sun, something is wrong.

At this time, the warrior interrupts the combat and goes to seek company, in order to watch the sunset together.

If he has difficulty finding company, he asks himself: “was I afraid to approach someone? Did I receive affection, and did not notice?”

A warrior of the light uses loneliness, but is not used by it.

Facing despair

A warrior of the light often despairs.

He thinks that the feelings he had hoped to awaken are nowhere to be found. Many afternoons and nights he is forced to adopt a position of the defeated, and no new event can bring back his enthusiasm.

His friends comment: “perhaps your fight has come to an end.”

The warrior feels pain and confusion upon hearing these comments, for he knows that he has not come as far as he wished. But he is determined, and does not abandon that which he set out to do.

Then, when he least expects it, a new door opens.

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