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What the future holds

Author: Paulo Coelho

We all know what awaits us in the future: the Unwanted Visitor, who could arrive at any hour, without warning, and say: ‘Come with me.’

And however much we may not want to, we will have no choice. At that moment, our greatest joy, or perhaps our greatest sadness, will be to look back at the past and answer the question: ‘Did I give enough love?’

We must love.
I am not speaking here only of love for another person. Loving means being open to miracles, to victories and defeats, to everything that happens each day that was given us to walk upon the face of the Earth.

Our soul is governed by four invisible forces: love, death, power and time.
We must love because we are loved by God.
We must be aware of the Unwanted Visitor if we are fully to understand life.
We must struggle in order to grow, but without becoming trapped by whatever power we might gain from that, because we know that such power is worthless.
Finally, we must accept that our soul, although eternal, is, at this moment, caught in the web of time, with all its possibilities and limitations.

We were all told, from childhood on, that what we wanted to do was impossible. As we accumulate years, we also accumulate the sand of prejudices, fears, guilt.

Free yourself from that. Not tomorrow, not tonight, but now.

Listen to the wind, and don’t forget about your horse.

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