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Author: Paulo Coelho

People who are part of our daily life can give us important hints on decisions we need to take.
But for this purpose all that is needed is a sharp eye and an attentive ear, because those who have ready solutions are usually suspect.

It’s very dangerous to ask for advice. It’s very risky to lend advice, if we have a minimum sense of responsibility towards the other person.
If they need help, it’s best to see how others resolve – or don’t resolve – their problems. Our angel often uses someone’s lips to tell us something, but this answer comes casually, usually at a moment when we do not let our worries overshadow the miracle of life.
Let our angel speak the way he is used to, which is at the moment he deems necessary.

Advice is just theory; living is always very different.

Don’t try to be coherent all the time; discover the joy of being a surprise to yourself.
Being coherent is having always to wear a tie that matches your socks. It means being obliged to keep tomorrow the same opinions you have today.
What about the world, which is always in movement? As long as it doesn’t harm anyone, change your opinion now and again, and contradict yourself without feeling ashamed – you have a right to that.

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