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The art of the blow

Author: Paulo Coelho

Of all the ways we have found to hurt ourselves, the worse has been through love.
We are always suffering because of someone who doesn’t love us,
or someone who has left us,
or someone who won’t leave us.
If we are alone, it is because no one wants us

The Warrior of Light holds the sword in his hands. He is the one who decides what he is going to do, and what he will not do in any circumstances.

There are moments when life leads him to a crisis: he is forced to divorce himself from things he has always loved.
Then the Warrior reflects.
He assesses whether he is fulfilling God’s will or if he is acting through egoism.

If separation is really the path he must follow, he accepts it without complaining.
However, if this separation is provoked by the perversity of others, then he implacable in his answer.

The Warrior possesses the art of the blow and the art of forgiveness. He knows how to use both with equal skill.

taken from Warrior of the Light: a Manual

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