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It’s just a question of time

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

An orthodox Jew approached Rabbi Wolf and said:

‘The bars are full to bursting and the people sit there into the small hours enjoying themselves!’

The Rabbi said nothing.

‘The bars are full to bursting, people spend all night playing cards, and you say nothing?’

‘It’s a good thing that the bars are full,’ said Wolf. ‘Everyone, since the beginning of Creation, has always wanted to serve God. The problem is that not everyone knows the best way to do so. Try to think of what you judge to be a sin as a virtue. These people who spend the night awake are learning alertness and persistence. When they have perfected these qualities, then all they will have to do is turn their eyes to God. And what excellent servants they will make!’

‘You’re obviously an optimist,’ said the man.

‘It has nothing to do with optimism,’ replied Wolf. ‘It is merely a matter of understanding that whatever we do, however absurd it might seem, can lead us to the Path. It’s all just a question of time.’

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