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What is a miracle?

Author: Paulo Coelho

For a few months I have stimulated my readers to write in my blog on seven words that I consider fundamental to our world today: miracle, torture, prayer, suffering, advice, xenophobia (fear of the unfamiliar), and marriage.
Below some comments on miracles

Radu: I don’t talk to God every day, and He has never invited me to have a coffee with Him.
But I know that I am close to His Energy, and I try to take my steps in such a way that I am never ashamed of what I do.
And I have managed to do so, not only thanks to my efforts, but also to His vigilance at each and every moment.
This is a miracle.

Mirjam: A miracle is re-discovering oneself as a child.
Finding a reason for fighting, managing to protect oneself without losing one’s innocence.
Miracle is communicating with others, and finding oneself.

Jesse King: To be like a flower, and to understand that everything passes.
To look at the wind and to become the wind, because you are capable of loving enough to change reality.

C.L.: Don’t fool yourself, the problems facing you aren’t just going to disappear in the air. Keep trying to solve them; if you do so, you will discover that everything ends up being easier than you think.
As the darkness disappears, the light appears, but don’t stop – try to become this light.

Neel Potgieter: I was walking down the beach the other day, and when I was about to cross the street I saw a girl talking on her mobile phone.
She was about to cross the street too, but from where I was positioned I could see that a car was coming in her direction.
I shouted to her to be careful, but she did not hear me.
She stepped into the street and just at the moment I expected a tragedy to happen, she stooped to remove a little stone from her shoe.
The car passed by, just missing her.
Miracles are what happens every day!

Paulo Coelho: I am sitting here in a bar, one of the many bars in many cities all over the world, writing this column.
Ever since I was a child I have dreamed of living moments like this, and I only managed to do so when I was almost forty years old.
The sun’s out, it’s springtime, people are happy, and although the world is not as perfect as we would all like it to be, nobody seems indifferent, everyone tries to make something better.
At this very moment I am doing what I most like, and that is the miracle that I try to work every day.


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