Our allies

Our allies will not necessarily be the kind of dazzling people to whom everyone looks up and of whom they say: ‘There’s none better.’

On the contrary, they are people who are not afraid of making mistakes and who do, therefore, make mistakes, which is why their work often goes unrecognized.
Yet they are just the kind of people who transform the world and, after many mistakes, manage to do something that can make a real difference in their community.
They are people who can’t bear to sit around waiting for things to happen in order to decide which attitude to adopt; they decide as they act, well aware that this could prove highly dangerous.
Living with such people is important because we need to realize that before we face our goal, we must first feel free enough to change direction.

Join with all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take more risks.
Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticise those who do not think like them, people who have never once taken a step unless they were sure they would be respected for doing so, and who prefer certainties to doubts.

Join with those who sing, tell stories, take pleasure in life, and have joy in their eyes, because joy is contagious and can prevent others from becoming paralysed by depression, loneliness and difficulties.

Comments

  1. Arto Hutto says:

    In Swedish:

    Våra allierade

    Våra allierade är nödvändigtvis inte den typ av lysande människor som alla ser upp till och om vilka de säger: ” Det finns ingen bättre”

    Tvärtemot, är de människor som inte är rädda för att göra misstag och som därför gör misstag, varför deras arbete ofta förblir okänt.
    Men de är precis den typ av människor som förändrar världen, och efter många misstag, lyckas göra något som kan göra en verklig skillnad i deras samhälle.
    De är människor som inte tål att sitta och vänta på att saker ska hända för att avgöra vilken förhållningssätt de ska ha, de beslutar sig under tiden de handlar, väl medvetna om att detta skulle kunna vara mycket farligt.
    Att leva med sådana människor är viktigt eftersom vi måste inse att innan vi står framför vårt mål, måste vi först känna oss fria nog att byta riktning.

    Anslut dig till alla dem som experimenterar, tar risker, faller, blir sårade och sen tar fler risker.
    Håll dig borta från dem som hävdar sanningar, som kritiserar dem som inte tycker som dem, människor som aldrig någonsin tagit ett steg som de inte var säkra på att de skulle respekteras för detta och som föredrar självklarheter före tvivel.

    Anslut dig till dem som sjunger, berättar historier, njuter av livet, och har glädje i sina ögon, eftersom glädje är smittsamt och kan hindra andra från att bli förlamade av depression, ensamhet och svårigheter.

    I original postad här: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/02/13/our-allies/
    Paulo Coelho på svenska: http://www.facebook.com/PauloCoelhoSverige
    Översättning: oLaVie (kommentera gärna)

  2. Mo says:

    I really liked this post by Paulo Coelho, I connected with it well. I agree that are allies are the ones that are like us where we can be free and not afraid to be ourselves. Allies are people that can teach you more about yourself and new things sort of like a role model to me. I also really liked that Paulo added in that we should “join with people who sing, tell stories, take pleasure in life, and have joy in their eyes…” I will definitely do this in my life because I want to know more people like me. I want to find more “allies” in my life as well.

  3. eleonora says:

    Unisciti a chi canta, racconta storie, il piacere nella vita, e avere la gioia nei loro occhi, perché la gioia è contagiosa e può impedire ad altri di diventare paralizzare dalla depressione, solitudine e difficoltà.

  4. belmehdi soumeya says:

    trés grande sagesse

  5. Linda says:

    Jay says: I am just learning, but am already convinced that the best (and possibly even only) true friend & allie we need is ourselves.

    I like that. I had a lonely teenage, that others may also have gone through, and I came out the other side as a strong young woman. This led me to the realisation that the best friend/allie/fan we have is ourselves. If we see the best in ourselves and love/know/support/forgive/laugh at ourselves, we are on the right track to finding lifetime friends and allies.

    Thanks for a great share!

  6. Lars Berewinkel says:

    N-Joy life.
    Stay in your community.
    “Join with all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take more risks.”
    “Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticise those who do not think like them, people who have never once taken a step unless they were sure they would be respected for doing so, and who prefer certainties to doubts.”
    Don´t stay in contact with people, who only want to be respected.
    Thanx for “our allies”! Good eloquent story, I agree with that.

    1. patricia says:

      marvellous ! But what shall we do with those who citisize, are sure to be true or to be respected ? just ignoring them ? they are human and they are surelly suffering as much as we do (maybe more…). How can we help them ? Some of those people are so near, take part in our private life…
      We sometimes love them so !!!!
      Thanks for sharing your way of life !

  7. Unified Soul says:

    Our greatest Allie must surely, always, be ourselves. Once we learn to overcome the day to day ‘head/heart’ struggle and live in internal peace, everything (& everyone) else will fit into place.

    If we allow the fear-driven concerns of our minds to determine our descisions & actions we will live a life of anxiety and internal war. Whereas if we allow Love to guide our hearts, our heads will work as allies in order to facilitate our dreams.

    I am just learning, but am already convinced that the best (and possibly even only) true friend & allie we need is ourselves.

    With love to all who struggle!

    Jay

  8. Mandy Evans says:

    Thank you so much for this eloquent message. It moves in my mind and heart with joy and a renewed sense of freedom.