Stories & Reflections
By Paulo Coelho
A warrior knows that his finest masters are the people with whom he shares the battlefield.
Asking for advice is dangerous. Giving advice is even more of a risk. When he needs help, he tries to see how his friends resolve – or fail to resolve – their problems.
If he seeks inspiration, he reads on the lips of his neighbor, the words his guardian angel wishes to impart to him.
When he is tired or lonely, he does not dream of distant men or women; he seeks those by his side, and shares his pain or necessity for comfort – with pleasure and without guilt.
A warrior knows that the most distant star in the Universe manifests itself in the world around him.
Knowing how to ask for help
When he suffers some injustice, a warrior generally seeks to remain alone – so as not to show his pain to others.
This behavior is both good and bad at the same time.
It is one thing to allow your heart to gradually cure its own wounds. Another is to remain in deep meditation every day, afraid of appearing to be weak.
Within each of us there is an angel and a demon, and their voices are very similar. Faced with a difficulty, the demon nourishes solitary conversation, by showing us how vulnerable we are. The angel makes us reflect on our attitudes, and sometimes uses someone else’s tongue to manifest itself.
A warrior balances loneliness and dependency, with the help of others.
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