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The neighbor and the trees – Part 1

Paulo Coelho

My old mill in the little Pyrenees village has a line of trees separating it from the farm next door. The other day the neighbor appeared: he must be about seventy years old. Now and again I have seen him working with his wife on the farm and thought it was high time for them to retire and have a rest.
In a very nice manner, the neighbor complained that the leaves from my trees were falling on his roof and that I had to cut them down.
I was most shocked: how could a person who has spent his entire life in contact with nature want me to destroy something that took so long to grow, just because in ten years’ time this could cause a problem to the tiles of his roof?
I invite him in for a coffee. I tell him that I will take the responsibility: if one day these dry leaves (which will be swept away by the wind and by the summer) cause any damage, I shall take it on myself to have a new roof built. The neighbor says that this is of no interest to him: he wants me to cut down the trees. I get a bit irritated and tell him that I prefer to buy his farm.
“My land is not for sale,” he answers.
“But with that money you could buy an excellent house in town and live there with your wife for the rest of your days without having to bear awful winters and lost crops.”
“The farm is not for sale. I was born here and grew up here, and I’m too old to move.”
He suggests that an expert from the town could come out to evaluate the case and decide – in that way, neither of us would have to get annoyed at the other. After all, we are neighbors.

The rest of this text will be published here tomorrow

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Paulo Coelho

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.

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Bookstore in Makati City, Philippines by Renellyn

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Today’s Question by the reader : Magdalena

What is for you an outstanding literary work and / or writer?

Writers that manage to change people’s perception and consequently their lives – are to me the greatest writers. In my particular case, writers such as Henri Miller, Khalil Gibran, William Blake and Jorge Luis Borges changed my life. They showed me that the world was much bigger, richer than I could have phantom on my own. They also gave the thirst to experience life – and this is was my life saver.

Strangers

Everybody has to commute everyday or at least take some sort of public transportation throughout the week. Most of us think that we are losing our time because our parents probably told us not to talk to strangers.
I, for instance, every time I have to do it, I try to engage in a conversation with someone I never met before.
Do you do that? And if you don’t: why are you so afraid of strangers?

Your Space in my Blog: 20th of April 2009

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Your Space in my Blog: 21th of April 2009

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Your Space in my Blog: 22nd of April 2009

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Association of the Week: Bells

Bells represent in many European civilizations not only musical instruments but also cult objects supposed to gather humans and supernatural creatures. That’s how they became symbols of cults in many traditions.
In Ancient China there were many legends that spoke of bells that could fly towards very specific places and announce, by the sound they would emit, good or bad omens.
In Tibet, they are opposed to the symbol of the diamond and are considered as the feminine and the material world whereas the diamond symbolizes the perfect world.

Now you take the floor : what do you associate with Bells?

Solidarity T-Shirts

Paulo Coelho and the fashion brand Mango have created a collection of T-shirts illustrated with sentences by the author.

More than half of the earnings from the sales of these T-shirts will be destined to the Paulo Coelho Institute in Brazil, where 450 children study and get food, love, education and the possibility to develop their artistic skills. The Institute is exclusively financed by the author’s copyrights.

“I knew it was impossible to change my country, Brazil. It was impossible to change my state and my neighbourhood, but I thought I might change my street at the end of which there is a favela,” claims Coelho.

40,000 T-shirts have been marketed in 450 shops in 68 countries with 6 different sentences by the author such as “Never give up on your dreams, follow the signs”, “The path to wisdom is not being afraid to make mistakes” and “The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back”.

The T-shirts were launched on April 22nd are already the top-selling item at all Mango shops around the world.

UPDATE: I could find an online Mango shop, but in US (please go to News tab). Probably if you browse the page you will find the one close to you.

On a side note, I decided to post it in my blog because I do believe that the medium is the message, and MNG was the first one to really be commited to my texts.

Your Space in my Blog: 24th of April 2009

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Your Space in my Blog: 23rd of April 2009

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Bookstore in Beirut by Amanda

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The pianist in the shopping center – Part 2

Paulo Coelho

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The only thing he seems not to have understood is that nobody, absolutely nobody has gone there to hear him play, but to buy, eat, enjoy themselves, look at shop windows and meet friends. A couple stops beside us, talking in a loud voice, and then moves on. The pianist has not seen this – he is still chatting with Mozart’s angels. Nor has he seen that there is an audience of two, one of whom, a talented violinist, is listening to him play with tears in her eyes.

I remember a chapel which I once just happened to enter and saw a girl playing for God. But she was in a chapel, that made sense; in this case, nobody is listening, perhaps not even God.

Lies. God is listening. God is in this man’s soul and hands, because he is giving the best of himself, regardless of any recognition or the money he received. He plays as if he were in the Scala in Milan or in the Opéra in Paris. He plays because this is his destiny, his joy, his reason for being.

I am seized by a feeling of deep reverence. Respect for a man who at that moment is recalling a very important lesson: you have a personal legend to fulfill, period. It is of no matter if others support you, or criticize, ignore or tolerate you – you are doing that because that is your destiny on this earth, and the source of any joy.

The pianist ends another piece by Mozart and for the first time notices our presence. He greets us with a well-mannered, discreet nod of the head, which we answer. But then he returns at once to his paradise, and it is best to leave him there untouched by anything in this world, not even our timid applause. He is setting an example for all of us. When we feel that no-one is paying attention to what we are doing, let us think about this pianist: he was conversing with God through his work, and the rest was not of the least importance.

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Paulo Coelho

Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.

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Today’s Question by the reader : Susan

I wonder if there is anything like ‘unconditional love’? Why does love cause hurt, if its unconditional?

Definitely there is unconditional love. This love, in its very core, comes from within. It is what moves us in the direction of our true selves.

There’s a beautiful quote in the Upanishads that states:

“In all persons, all creatures, the Self is the innermost essence. And it is identical with Brahman: our real Self is not different from the ultimate Reality called God.”

Be careful when you say that “love hurts” – it is not love that is painful, but its absence.