Moving is Living

Paulo Coelho

I am at a St. John’s party, with stalls, target shooting and home-cooked food. The only curious thing is that from a certain angle of the street of two-stores houses, we can see the tallest buildings in the world; the rural festivity is happening in the middle of New York.

Suddenly, a clown begins to imitate my gestures. People laugh, and I also think it’s funny. In the end, I invite him for coffee.

“Commit yourself to life”, says the clown. “If you are alive, you must wave your arms, jump, make a noise, laugh and talk to people, because life is exactly the opposite of death”.

“Dying is staying always in the same position. If you are very quiet, you are not living”.

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