Archives for April 2009

Your Space in my Blog: 30th of April 2009

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Your Space in my Blog: 27th of April 2009

This space is for you to share your ideas on anything that you consider relevant today.

You can publish here excerpts from your blogs or news and articles in general that you think make a difference to the world today. Try to make a bit of editing on what you post here – try to highlight passages with copy-paste, rather than simply giving links.

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Bookstore in Baku, Azerbaijan by Shabnam

Shabnam

Thank you Shabnam!
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Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait.

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Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

Love can consign us to hell or to paradise. It always takes us somewhere.

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Bookstore in Boston, MA, USA by Jonathan

Thank you Jonathan!
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Today’s question by the reader : Nataly

What is love?

Love cannot be defined like this. Love is in motion, it is an energy that permeates all that is around us – if we dare to perceive it.
Love is.

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.

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Today’s question by the reader: Clelia

How does someone know that you are doing what you are meant to be doing in this life?

When they feel enthusiasm in their hearts. Without this inner light, our actions become senseless.

Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

Life is always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.

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Mango Store in Qatar by Sara

Thank you Sara!
Mango and I have develop this project together in which they will be printing quotes of mine in T-shirts.
Today is the worldwide release and the money of the sales will be sent to my Institute in Brazil that takes care of 450 children.
For more information you can go here

Below is the picture Paula took yesterday in Madrid:


Up-date : the Tshirts will be hitting 450 stores in 93 countries today – so you will not have difficulty finding them. There is also the possibility of buying them online by going to the website of Mango

Question by the reader : Laura

My question to you is this: in the prologue you speak of how you had spoken to a lady who had told you her story and that you had based the story on her.. is this true? was there really a “Brida”? Is the character based on a person you really knew?

Indeed, this character is a real . Of course, some of the parts of the book are metaphors of my own journey in this life. But Brida exists and provided me with the starting point for this story.

Paul on the road : from Castrojeriz

Good morning everyone, on Sunday I couln’t wait any longer to move on and following a night in Burgos, I’m now in Castrojeriz. Yesterday presented me with a walk through a somewhat rawer countryside. In the mornings it’s quite cold and the breeze on the plateau makes it feel more so. However when the sun reaches it’s zenith, in the afternoon it becomes quite hot in protected gulley’s which present themselves now and again. I am alone now as my personal cook and her 2 plate washers have moved on to Leon by train as they are a tight schedule. Pensionists in stress…;)
Perhaps I’ll move on on to Fromista today, a much shorter walk (25km)than yesterday (41km). My ankle is not good and I may need to give it regular pauses to allow it heal properly, but this will perhaps prevent me from reaching Santiago on the 13th of May ;( we’ll see.
As always, thank you all for following my path, and thank you for understanding that I am trying to concentrate on it, which prevents me from returning comments to everyone personally, but I appreciate all of them.
Love, Paul

Dear Maite & Mamen,
What a wonderful surprise to read your comments. We had fun for a while on the Camino, and it was my pleasure to meet you both. Language is not a barrier when we feel what we are trying to communicate. I enjoyed walking with you and thank you for showing me the sights of Pamplona. God bless you both, now in your Basque hometown. Love, Paul

The neighbor and the trees – Part 2

Paulo Coelho

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When he leaves, my first reaction is to accuse him of insensitivity and disrespect for Mother Earth. Then I become intrigued: why did he not accept to sell the land? And before the day comes to an end I understand that his life has only one story, and my neighbor does not want to change it. To move into town also means to plunge into an unknown world, with other values that perhaps he feels too old to learn.
Does this only happen to my neighbor? No, I feel that it happens to everyone – sometimes we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down a great opportunity because we don’t know how to use it. In his case, his farm and his village are the only places he knows, and it is not worth the risk. In the case of people who live in the city, they believe that it is necessary to have a university degree, get married, have children, make sure they have degrees too, and so on. Nobody ever wonders: “could I do something different?”
I remember that my barber worked day and night so that his daughter could finish her degree in sociology. She managed to finish university, and after knocking on many a door she finally found a job working as a secretary in a cement company. Even so, my barber always said with pride: “My daughter has a university degree.”
Most of my friends, and the children of my friends, also have a university degree. That does not mean they have managed to work at what they wanted – quite the contrary, they entered and left university because – at a time when universities were important – someone said that for a person to get anywhere in life, they had to have a university degree. And so the world missed out on having excellent gardeners, bakers, antique dealers, sculptors and writers. Maybe it is time to look at this again: doctors, engineers, scientists, lawyers, they all have to study at university. But does everyone else? I shall let Robert Frost’s poem give the answer:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by
And that made all the difference.”

P.S. To end the story of the neighbor: the expert paid us a visit and to my surprise showed us a French law that says that trees have to stand at least three meters from the property of others. Mine stand at two meters, so I am going to have to cut them down.

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Quote of the Day

Paulo Coelho

If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards, getting it.
(Unpublished sayings)

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Bookstore in Toronto, Canada by Ivan

Thank you Ivan!
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Question by the reader : Alexandra

I had read your book “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”. I know is a love story, Pillar and her boyfriend will stay together defeating all that was against their love. The thing I don’t understand is what is the meaning of the title .In the book I noticed quotes from the Bible, exactly a psalm, about river Babylon, and the sorrow of the defeated people. Is it a connection to Pillars sadness while she thought she will never be with her lover? Thank you so much, hoping for a reply, if you have some time.

Your interpretation is correct. I was inspired by this psalm from David: “By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion.”