Lord, I have no idea where I am going

 

EM PORTUGUES AQUI: Senhor, eu não sei onde estou indo
EN ESPANOL AQUI: No tengo idea de adónde voy

 

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

in Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton

90 frases inspiradoras de Paulo Coelho sobre la vida

1. El secreto de la vida

“El secreto de la vida, sin embargo, es caer siete veces y levantarse ocho.”

2. La búsqueda de tus sueños

“Sólo hay una cosa que hace a un sueño imposible de alcanzar: el miedo al fracaso.”

3. Donde está tu corazón

“Recuerda que donde quiera que esté tu corazón, allí encontrarás tu tesoro.”

4. Tener un sueño

“La posibilidad de realizar un sueño es lo que hace que la vida sea interesante.”

5. Tener un plan para tu vida

“Todo el mundo parece tener una idea clara de cómo otras personas deben llevar sus vidas, pero ninguna sobre cómo vivir la suya propia.”

6. ¿Una razón para amar?

“Uno es amado porque uno es amado. No se necesita ninguna razón para amar.”

7. Lecciones importantes

“Un niño puede enseñar a un adulto tres cosas: ser feliz sin razón, estar siempre ocupado con algo y saber exigir con todo su poder lo que él desea.”

8. La importancia de la cultura

“La cultura hace que la gente se entienda mejor. Y si se entendiera mejor en su alma, es más fácil superar las barreras económicas y políticas. Pero primero tienen que entender que su vecino es, al final, igual que ellos, con los mismos problemas, las mismas preguntas.”

9. Dolor

“Si el dolor tiene que venir, que venga rápido. Porque me queda una vida por delante y necesito usarla de la mejor manera posible. Si él tiene que escoger, que lo haga pronto. En ese caso, lo espero. Si no, lo olvido.”

10. Descubrir tu propio camino

“Cuando encuentres tu camino, no debes tener miedo. Usted necesita tener suficiente valor para cometer errores. La decepción, la derrota y la desesperación son las herramientas que Dios usa para mostrarnos el camino.”

11. Luchando por tus sueños

“Recuerda tus sueños y lucha por ellos. Debes saber lo que quieres de la vida. Sólo hay una cosa que hace que tu sueño se vuelva imposible: el miedo al fracaso.”

12. El poder del amor

“El amor es una fuerza indomable. Cuando tratamos de controlarlo, nos destruye. Cuando intentamos encarcelarlo, nos esclaviza. Cuando intentamos entenderlo, nos deja sintiéndonos perdidos y confundidos.”

13. Esperando

“Esperar es doloroso. Olvidar es doloroso. Pero no saber qué hacer es el peor tipo de sufrimiento.”

14. Cometer errores

“Todo me dice que estoy a punto de tomar una decisión equivocada, pero cometer errores es sólo parte de la vida. ¿Qué quiere el mundo de mí? ¿Quiere que no me arriesgue, que regrese de dónde vine porque no tuve el coraje de decir “sí” a la vida?”

15. ¿De qué se trata la vida?

“La vida siempre fue cuestión de esperar el momento adecuado para actuar.”

16. Las cosas simples de la vida

“Las cosas simples son también las cosas más extraordinarias y sólo los sabios consiguen verlas.”

17. Sigue luchando

“No te ahogas al caer en un río, sino al quedarte sumergido en él.”

18. El viaje cósmico

“Somos viajeros en un viaje cósmico, polvo de estrellas que gira y baila en los remolinos del infinito. La vida es eterna. Nos hemos detenido un momento a encontrarnos, a conocernos, a amarnos, a compartir. Este es un momento precioso. Un pequeño paréntesis en la eternidad.”

19. Luchando por ser mejor

“Cuando amamos, siempre nos esforzamos por ser mejores de lo que somos. Cuando nos esforzamos por ser mejor de lo que somos, todo a nuestro alrededor se vuelve mejor.”

20. Ser una víctima

“Puedo elegir entre ser una víctima del mundo o un aventurero en busca de un tesoro. Todo es cuestión de cómo veo mi vida.”

21. Verdaderos desafíos

“Cuando menos lo esperamos, la vida nos pone un reto para poner a prueba nuestro coraje y nuestra voluntad de cambiar; En tal momento, no tiene sentido pretender que nada ha sucedido o decir que aún no estamos preparados. El desafío no va a esperar. La vida no mira hacia atrás. Una semana es más que suficiente para decidir si aceptamos o no nuestro destino.”

22. Tomando riesgos

“Tienes que correr riesgos. Sólo comprenderemos plenamente el milagro de la vida cuando permitimos que ocurra lo inesperado.”

23. Reconocer la belleza de tu vida cotidiana

“Cuando cada día es igual al siguiente, es porque la gente no reconoce las cosas buenas que suceden en sus vidas cada día que el sol sale.”

24. Tormentas sorprendentes

“He presenciado muchas tormentas en mi vida. La mayor parte me pilló por sorpresa, por lo que tuve que aprender, y muy rápidamente, a mirar más lejos, a entender que no soy capaz de controlar el tiempo, a practicar el arte de la paciencia, y a respetar la furia de la naturaleza.”

25. Temor al sufrimiento

“Dile a tu corazón que el miedo a sufrir es peor que el propio sufrimiento. Y que ningún corazón jamás sufrió cuando se va en busca de sus sueños, porque cada segundo de la búsqueda es un segundo encuentro con Dios y con la eternidad.”

26. Juzgar a otros

“Nunca podemos juzgar las vidas de los demás, porque cada persona conoce sólo su propio dolor y renuncia. Una cosa es sentir que estás en el camino correcto, pero otro es pensar que el tuyo es el único camino.”

27. Estar entusiasmado con lo que haces

“Cuando eres entusiasta sobre lo que haces, sientes energía positiva. Es muy simple.”

28. Bien y mal

“Nada en el mundo está nunca completamente equivocado. Hasta un reloj parado consigue estar en lo cierto dos veces por día.”

29. El amor y el universo

“Yo te amo porque el universo entero conspiró para ayudarme a encontrarte.”

30. Posesiones

“Estoy convencido de que nadie pierde a nadie, porque nadie posee a nadie. Esa es la verdadera experiencia de la libertad: tener lo más importante del mundo, sin poseerlo.”

31. Conocer todo

“Siempre estás aprendiendo. El problema es que a veces uno se detiene y piensa que entiende el mundo. Esto no es correcto. El mundo siempre está en movimiento. Nunca llegas al punto en que puedas dejar de hacer un esfuerzo.”

32. La importancia de la experiencia

“Las personas nunca aprenden nada al ser informadas, tiene que descubrirlo por sí misma.”

33. Descubrirse a sí mismo

“Cuando no tenía nada que perder, he obtenido todo. Cuando he dejado de ser quien era, me encontré a mí mismo. Cuando conocí la humillación, pero seguí caminando, entendí que era libre de elegir mi destino.”

34. Persigue tus sueños

“La gente es capaz, en cualquier momento de sus vidas, de hacer lo que sueña.”

35. Cree en ti mismo

“Eres lo que crees que eres.”

36. Lo que un verdadero maestro es

“¿Qué es un maestro? Te lo diré: no es alguien que enseña algo, sino alguien que inspira al estudiante a dar lo mejor de sí para descubrir un conocimiento que ya tiene dentro de su alma.”

37. Tomando riesgos

“Sé valiente. Toma riesgos. Nada puede sustituir la experiencia.”

38. Mentir y guardar secretos

“Nadie puede mentir, nadie puede ocultar nada, cuando mira directamente a los ojos de alguien.”

39. El dueño de una idea

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“Los buenos viejos tiempos, cuando cada idea tenía un dueño, se han ido para siempre.”

40. Ser bendecido

“Camino cada día y miro las montañas y los campos y la pequeña ciudad, y digo: ‘Oh, Dios mío, qué bendición’. Entonces te das cuenta de que es importante ponerlo en un contexto más allá de esta mujer, este hombre, esta ciudad, este país, este universo.”

41. Humildad

“Seamos absolutamente claros acerca de una cosa: no debemos confundir la humildad con la falsa modestia o el servilismo.”

42. Cuando la gente se va

“Cuando alguien se va, es porque alguien más está a punto de llegar.”

43. La mayor mentira de la existencia

“¿Cuál es la mentira más grande del mundo? Es esto: que en cierto momento de nuestras vidas, perdemos el control de lo que nos está pasando, y nuestras vidas son controladas por el destino.”

44. Ser sabio

“Los sabios son sabios sólo porque aman. Los tontos son tontos sólo porque piensan que pueden entender el amor.”

45. Tomando el riesgo de amar

“No estoy diciendo que el amor siempre te lleva al cielo. Tu vida puede convertirse en una pesadilla. Pero dicho esto, vale la pena correr el riesgo.”

46. El desempeño de un papel importante

“No importa lo que haga, cada persona en la tierra juega un papel central en la historia del mundo. Y normalmente no lo sabe.”

47. Las grandes crisis de la vida

“La vida siempre espera a que una crisis se produzca antes de mostrar su cara más brillante.”

48. La percepción refinada de las mujeres

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“Todas las mujeres tienen una percepción mucho más desarrollada que los hombres. Por lo que todas las mujeres de alguna manera, al estar reprimidas durante tantos milenios, terminaron desarrollando este sexto sentido y la contemplación y el amor. Y esto es algo que nos cuesta aceptar como parte de nuestra sociedad.”

49. Enamorarse

“Cuando conocemos a alguien y nos enamoramos, tenemos la sensación de que todo el universo está de nuestro lado. ¡Sin embargo, aunque algo salga mal, no sobra nada! ¿Cómo puede desaparecer tan deprisa la belleza que estaba allí hace unos pocos minutos? La vida es muy rápida; hace que la gente pase del cielo al infierno en cuestión de segundos.”

50. El amor puede hacerte ciego

“El amor es una trampa. Cuando aparece, vemos sólo su luz, no sus sombras.”

51. El potencial creativo dentro de nosotros

“Todo el mundo tiene un potencial creativo y desde el momento en que puedes expresar ese potencial creativo, puedes empezar a cambiar el mundo.”

52. Cosas que suceden una vez

“Todo lo que sucede una vez puede que no suceda nunca más Pero todo lo que sucede dos veces seguramente sucederá una tercera vez.”

53. Destino y suerte

“Puedo controlar mi destino, pero no mi suerte. El destino significa que hay oportunidades para girar a la derecha o a la izquierda, pero la suerte es una calle de un solo sentido. Creo que todos tenemos la opción de cumplir con nuestro destino, pero nuestro suerte está echada.”

54. Estar ciego

“Puedes volverte ciego por ver cada día como uno similar. Cada día es distinto, cada día trae un milagro propio. Es sólo cuestión de prestar atención a este milagro.”

55. Perdiendo el tiempo

“La vida es demasiado corta, o demasiado larga, para que me permita el lujo de vivirla mal.”

56. Reconociendo la existencia de misterios

“Tenemos que detenernos y ser lo suficientemente humildes como para comprender que hay algo llamado misterio.”

57. Esperando algo a cambio

“Quien ama con la esperanza de ser amado a cambio, está perdiendo el tiempo.”

58. Convertirse en escritor

“No me animaron a seguir la carrera de escritor porque mis padres pensaban que iba a morir de hambre. Pensaban que nadie podía ganarse la vida como escritor en Brasil. No estaban equivocados.”

59. Ensayos sobre el camino espiritual

“Las dos pruebas más difíciles en el camino espiritual son: la paciencia para esperar el momento adecuado y el valor para no estar decepcionados con lo que nos encontraremos.”

60. Autenticidad

“Jesús vivió una vida llena de alegría y contradicciones y peleas, ¿sabes? Si fueran a pintar un cuadro de Jesús sin contradicciones, los evangelios serían falsos, pero las contradicciones son un signo de autenticidad.”

61. Buscando amor

“Pero el amor es siempre nuevo. Independientemente de si amamos una, dos o una docena de veces en nuestra vida, siempre nos enfrentamos a una situación completamente nueva. El amor puede llevarnos al infierno o al paraíso, pero siempre nos lleva a algún lugar. Simplemente tenemos que aceptarlo, porque es lo que alimenta nuestra existencia.”

62. Ignorar a los enemigos

“Cuando escribes un artículo sobre cualquier cosa, los trolls usan los comentarios para atacar. Se sienten frustrados, pero los que odian son perdedores. No es bueno alimentar este aspecto. Es más inteligente ser constructivo.”

63. Errores a evitar

“Los dos peores errores estratégicos que hay que hacer son actuar prematuramente y dejar escapar una oportunidad; Para evitar esto, el guerrero trata cada situación como si fuera única y nunca recurre a fórmulas, recetas u opiniones de otras personas.”

64. Donde el amor nos lleva

“El amor puede llevarnos al infierno o al paraíso, pero siempre nos lleva a algún lugar.”

65. Elegancia física

“La elegancia física, que es lo que estoy hablando aquí, viene del cuerpo. Esto no es una cuestión superficial, sino más bien la forma en que el hombre ha honrado la manera en que él pone sus dos pies en el suelo.”

66. Tratando de explicar todo

“No pierdas tu tiempo con explicaciones: la gente solo escucha lo que quiere oír.”

67. Cosas que no se pueden explicar

“Ciertas cosas en la vida simplemente tienen que ser experimentadas y nunca explicadas. El amor es igual.”

68. Elegancia

“La elegancia suele confundirse con la superficialidad, la moda, o la falta de profundidad. Esto es un grave error: los seres humanos necesitan tener elegancia en sus acciones y en su postura porque esta palabra es sinónimo de buen gusto, amabilidad, equilibrio y armonía.”

69. La supervivencia del amor

“En la vida real, el amor tiene que ser posible. Incluso si no es devuelto de inmediato, el amor sólo puede sobrevivir cuando existe la esperanza de que tú seas capaz de conquistar a la persona que deseas.”

70. Lágrimas

“Las lágrimas son palabras que esperan ser escritas.”

71. Tener dinero

“Por supuesto, tener dinero es genial porque puedes hacer lo que crees que es importante para ti. Siempre fui una persona rica porque el dinero no está relacionado con la felicidad.”

72. Hacer que lo difícil parezca fácil

“Soy moderno porque hago que lo difícil me parezca fácil, y así me puedo comunicarme con todo el mundo.”

73. Sagrada

“Todo para mí es sagrado, empezando por la tierra, sino también por las cosas hechas por el hombre.”

74. La manera de afrontar los desafíos

“Hay momentos en que los problemas entran en nuestras vidas y no podemos hacer nada para evitarlos. Pero están allí por alguna razón. Sólo cuando los hayamos superado comprenderemos por qué estaban allí.”

75. Estar enamorado

“He estado enamorado antes, es como un narcótico. Al principio, trae la euforia de la rendición total. Al día siguiente quieres más.”

76. ¿Qué sucede cuando ignoras una bendición?

“Cada bendición ignorada se convierte en una maldición.”

77. Controlarse por el miedo

“No te entregues a tus miedos. Si lo haces, no podrás hablar con tu corazón.”

78. Amor fuerte

“El amor más fuerte es el amor que puede demostrar su fragilidad.”

79. Tener fe

“Ninguno de nosotros sabe lo que podría suceder ni siquiera al minuto siguiente, pero seguimos adelante. Porque confiamos. Porque tenemos Fe.”

80. Ser amado

“Esto es lo que llamamos amor. Cuando eres amado, puedes hacer cualquier cosa en la creación. Cuando eres amado, no hay necesidad de entender lo que está sucediendo, porque todo sucede dentro de ti.”

81. Aceptar lo que la vida ofrece

“Acepte lo que la vida te ofrece y trate de beber de cada taza. Todos los vinos deben ser probados; algunos sólo se deben degustar, pero de otros, bebe la botella entera.”

82. La fuerza del alma

“Tus ojos muestran la fuerza de tu alma.”

83. Como ocurren las cosas

“Las cosas no siempre ocurren del modo en que me gustaría y es mejor que me acostumbre a ello.”

84. Sobre el pasado y el futuro

“Porque no vivo ni en mi pasado ni en mi futuro. Tengo sólo el presente, y eso es lo único que me interesa. Si puedes permanecer siempre en el presente serás un hombre feliz La vida será una fiesta para ti, un gran festival, porque la vida es el momento en que vivimos ahora.”

85. Prometiendo algo que no tienes

“Si empiezas prometiendo lo que aún no tienes, perderás tu deseo de trabajar para conseguirlo.”

86. Culpar a otros

“En el amor, nadie puede dañar a nadie, somos cada uno de nosotros responsables de nuestros propios sentimientos y no se puede culpar a otros por lo que sentimos.”

87. Verdaderos amigos

“Nuestros verdaderos amigos son aquellos que están con nosotros cuando suceden las cosas buenas. Se contentan por nuestros triunfos. Los falsos amigos sólo aparecen en momentos difíciles, con sus caras tristes y de apoyo, cuando, de hecho, nuestro sufrimiento está sirviendo para consolarlos por sus miserables vidas.”

88. Lo que la belleza es

“La belleza es el mayor seductor del hombre.”

89. Tratar a los críticos

“Escribo desde mi alma. Esta es la razón por la cual los críticos no me hacen daño, porque soy yo. Si no fuera yo, si estuviera pretendiendo ser otra persona, entonces esto podría desestabilizar mi mundo, pero sé quién soy.”

90. Soñando

“Si realmente soy parte de tu sueño, volverás un día.”

Espero que hayas disfrutado leyendo esta colección de frases de Paulo Coelho.

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53 Paulo Coelho Quotes

The Best Paulo Coelho Quotes

1. “‘That’s how love got lost,’ he said. ‘When we started laying down rules for when love should or shouldn’t appear.’” – Paulo Coelho

2. “But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it’s better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you’re fighting for.” – Paulo Coelho

3. “Emotions are wild horses. It is not explanations that carry us forward, but our will to go on.” – Paulo Coelho

4. “If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule – Never lie to yourself.” – Paulo Coelho

5. “It takes huge effort to free yourself from memory.” – Paulo Coelho

 

6. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” – Paulo Coelho

 
 
 
 

7. “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paulo Coelho

8. “The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.” – Paulo Coelho

9. “There are moments when people are incapable of understanding happiness.” – Paulo Coelho

 

10. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” – Paulo Coelho

 

11. “When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.” – Paulo Coelho

 

12. “A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

13. “Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” – Paulo Coelho

14. “Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” – Paulo Coelho

15. “If you want to see a rainbow you have to learn to see the rain.” – Paulo Coelho

16. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

17. “No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.” – Paulo Coelho

18. “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – Paulo Coelho

 

19. “The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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20. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

 

21. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.” – Paulo Coelho

22. “You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his personal legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t a true love…The love that speaks the language of the world.” – Paulo Coelho

23. “All battles in life serve to teach us something, even the battles we lose.” – Paulo Coelho

 

24. “Don’t explain. Your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you.” – Paulo Coelho

25. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” – Paulo Coelho

26. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coelho

27. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.” – Paulo Coelho

28. “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

29. “The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.” – Paulo Coelho

 

 

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30. “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.” – Paulo Coelho

 

31. “They were seeking out the treasure of their destiny, without actually wanting to live out their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

32. “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” – Paulo Coelho

33. “You start living for the obsession alone… You want to arrive somewhere regardless of whether you’re enjoying the road or not.” – Paulo Coelho

34. “At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – Paulo Coelho

35. “Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho

 

36. “God is love, generosity and forgiveness; If we believe in this, we will never allow our weaknesses to paralyze us.” – Paulo Coelho

37. “In love lies the seed of our growth. The more we love, the closer we are to the spiritual experience” – Paulo Coelho

38. “Life really is generous to those who pursue their destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

39. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” – Paulo Coelho

 

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40. “The enemy is only a pretext to test our strength” – Paulo Coelho

 

41. “The wise are wise only because they love. The fool are fools only because they think they can understand love.” – Paulo Coelho

42. “To realize one’s personal legend is one’s only true obligation.” – Paulo Coelho

 

43. “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” – Paulo Coelho

44. “Be Brave. Take Risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

45. “Don’t waste your time with explanations, people only hear what they want to hear.” – Paulo Coelho

46. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

47. “It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.” – Paulo Coelho

48. “Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.” – Paulo Coelho

49. “People want to change everything and, at the same time want it all to remain the same.” – Paulo Coelho

50. “The moment of that kiss contained every happy moment I had ever lived.” – Paulo Coelho

 

51. “The world is divided into those who understand me and those who don’t. In the case of the latter, I simply leave them to torment themselves trying to gain my sympathy.” – Paulo Coelho

52. “Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.” – Paulo Coelho

53. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho

Our destiny

: Somos diferentes

A Samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty, went to visit a Zen monk to ask him for his advice.
When the monk had finished his prayers, the Samurai asked,
– Why do I feel so inferior? – I have faced death many times, have defended those who are weak.
“Nevertheless, upon seeing you meditating, I felt that my life had absolutely no importance whatsoever.

– Wait. Once I have attended to all those who come to see me today, I shall answer you.

The samurai spent the whole day sitting in the temple gardens, watching the people go in and out in search of advice. He saw how the monk received them all with the same patience and the same illuminated smile on his face.

At nightfall, when everyone had gone, he demanded:
– Now can you teach me?

The master invited him in and lead him to his room. The full moon shone in the sky, and the atmosphere was one of profound tranquility.

– Do you see the moon, how beautiful it is? It will cross the entire firmament, and tomorrow the sun will shine once again.
“But sunlight is much brighter, and can show the details of the landscape around us: trees, mountains, clouds.
“I have contemplated the two for years, and have never heard the moon say: why do I not shine like the sun? Is it because I am inferior?

– Of course not – answered the samurai. – The moon and the sun are different things, each has its own beauty. You cannot compare the two.

– So you know the answer. We are two different people, each fighting in his own way for that which he believes, and making it possible to make the world a better place.

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1 MIN reading: Krishna will hear your prayer

A widow from a poor village in Bengal did not have enough money to pay for her son’s bus fare, and so when the boy started going to school, he would have to walk through the forest all on his own.

In order to reassure him, she said:

‘Don’t be afraid of the forest, my son. Ask your God Krishna to go with you. He will hear your prayer.’

The boy followed his mother’s suggestion, and Krishna duly appeared and from then on accompanied him to school every day.

When it was his teacher’s birthday, the boy asked his mother for some money in order to buy him a present.
‘We haven’t any money, son. Ask your brother Krishna to get you a present.’

The following day, the boy explained his problem to Krishna, who gave him a jug of milk.
The boy proudly handed the milk to the teacher, but the other boys’ presents were far superior and the teacher didn’t even notice his.

‘Where did you get that jug?’

‘Krishna, the God of the forest, gave it to me.’

The teacher, the students and the assistant all burst out laughing.

‘There are no gods in the forest, that’s pure superstition,’ said the teacher. ‘If he exists, let’s all go and see him.’
The whole group set off. The boy started calling for Krishna, but he did not appear.
The boy made one last desperate appeal.

‘Brother Krishna, my teacher wants to see you. Please show yourself!’

At that moment, a voice emerged from the forest and echoed through the city and was heard by everyone.

‘I can’t! He doesn’t even believe I exist!’

 

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Estória do dia: 30 seg leitura “A ordem natural”

Um homem muito rico pediu a um mestre zen um texto que o fizesse sempre lembrar o quanto era feliz com a sua família.

O mestre zen pegou um pergaminho e, com uma linda caligrafia, escreveu: “o pai morre. O filho morre. O neto morre”.

“Como?”, disse furioso, o homem rico. “Eu lhe pedi alguma coisa que me inspirasse, um ensinamento que fosse sempre contemplado com respeito pelas minhas próximas gerações, e o senhor me dá algo tão depressivo e deprimente como estas palavras?”

“O senhor me pediu algo que sempre lhe fizesse lembrar a felicidade de viver junto à sua família. Se o seu filho morrer antes, todos serão devastados pela dor. Se o seu neto morrer, será uma experiência insuportável”.

“Entretanto, se sua família for desaparecendo na ordem em que coloquei no papel, isso trata-se do curso natural da vida. Assim, embora todos passem por momentos de dor, as gerações continuarão, e seu legado demorará muito”.

Daily story: 39 SEC READ The natural order

Narusidin2A very wealthy man asked a Zen master for a text which would always remind him how happy he was with his family.

The Zen master took some parchment and, in beautiful calligraphy, wrote:

“The father dies. The son dies. The grandson dies.”

“What?” said the furious rich man. “I asked you for something to inspire me, some teaching which might be respectfully contemplated by future generations, and you give me something as depressing and gloomy as these words?”

“You asked me for something which would remind you of the happiness of living together with your family.

“If your son dies first, everyone will be devastated by the pain. If your grandson dies, it would be an unbearable experience.

“However, if your family disappears in the order which I placed on the paper, this is the natural course of life.

“Thus, although we all endure moments of pain, the generations will continue, and your legacy will last.” –

 

(illustration: Ken Crane)

Daily story: If I had my life to live over

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Of course, you can’t unfry an egg, but there is no law against thinking about it.

If I had my life to live over, I would try to make more mistakes.
I would relax. I know of very few things that I would take seriously.
I would go more places. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less bran.

I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary troubles.
You see, I have been one of those fellows who live prudently and sanely, hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I have had my moments. But if I had it to do over again, I would have more of them – a lot more.

I never go anywhere without a thermometer, a gargle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had it to do over, I would travel lighter.

If I had my life to live over, I would pay less attention to people telling us we must learn Latin or History; otherwise we will be disgraced and ruined and flunked and failed.
I would seek out more teachers who inspire relaxation and fun.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted a little earlier in the spring and stay that way a little later in the fall.
I would shoot more paper wads at my teachers.
I would keep later hours.

I’d have more sweethearts.
I would go to more circuses.
I would be carefree as long as I could, or at least until I got some care- instead of having my cares in advance.

I doubt, however, that I’ll do much damage with my creed.
The opposition is too strong.
There are too many serious people trying to get everybody else to be too darned serious.

(there are several versions of this text circulating in Internet. The one above is attributed to Don Harold)

Daily story: How to be remembered

 

In the monastery of Sceta, Abbot Lucas gathered the brothers together for a sermon.

‘May you all be forgotten,’ he said.

‘But why?’ one of the brothers asked. ‘Does that mean that our example can never serve to help someone in need?’

‘In the days when everyone was just, no one paid any attention to people who behaved in an exemplary manner,’ replied the abbot. ‘Everyone did their best, never thinking that by behaving thus they were doing their duty by their brother. They loved their neighbour because they understood that this was part of life and they were merely obeying a law of nature. They shared their possessions in order not to accumulate more than they could carry, for journeys lasted a whole lifetime. They lived together in freedom, giving and receiving, making no demands on others and blaming no one. That is why their deeds were never spoken of and that is why they left no stories. If only we could achieve the same thing now: to make goodness such an ordinary thing that there would be no need to praise those who practise it.

História do dia: Como ser lembrado

No mosteiro de Sceta, o abade Lucas reuniu os frades para o sermão.

– Que voces jamais sejam lembrados – disse ele.

 – Mas  como? – respondeu um dos irmãos.  – Sera’ que nosso  exemplo não pode ajudar quem está precisando?

 – No tempo em que todo mundo era justo, ninguém prestava atenção nas  pessoas  exemplares – respondeu o abade. – Todos davam o melhor de si, sem pretender, com isso,  cumprir seu  dever com o irmão. Amavam ao seu próximo porque entendiam que isto era parte da vida, e não estavam fazendo nada de especial em respeitar com uma lei da natureza. Dividiam seus bens para não terem que ficar acumulando mais do que podiam carregar, já que as viagens  duravam a vida inteira.  Viviam juntos  em  liberdade, dando e recebendo, sem nada  a  cobrar  ou culpar nos outros. Porisso seus feitos não foram contados, e eles não  deixaram nenhuma história.

 “ Quem dera, pudessemos conseguir a mesma coisa no presente: fazer do bem uma coisa tão comum, que não haja qualquer necessidade de exaltar aqueles que o praticaram.”

 

20 SEC READ: Fair Price

Nixivan had gathered his friend for supper and was brewing a juicy piece of meat. Suddenly, he noticed they were out of salt.

Nixivan called his son: “Go to the village and buy salt. But pay the fair price for it; neither pricier nor cheaper.”

His son was surprised:

“I understand I shouldn’t pay more, father. But if we can bargain a little, why not save some money?”

“In a large city, this is advisable”he said. ” However, in a small city as ours, the entire village will notice it.”

His guest overheard their conversation and wanted to know why one shouldn’t buy salt for less.

Nixivan answered: “Those who sell underpriced salt, do it in a desperate need for money. Those who take advantage of the situation, show disrespect for the sweat and battle of a man that worked to produce something.”

“But that is too little to destroy a village.”

“In the beginning of the world, injustice was scant as well. But everyone that came afterwards added something, thinking it was not important, and see where we got today.”

 

(taken from THE DEVIL AND MISS PRYM )

Saint Joseph’s Day

St joseph

 

PORTUGUES Faze Senhor, que o trabalho nos purifique 

ITALIANO Preghiera a San Giuseppe

ESPANOL Glorioso San José

FRANÇAIS Saint Joseph, priez pour nous

 

I will be with my wife and some friends in a small village, and I will pray at 8:30 PM the prayer below. Plase fell free to join me in this prayer, or – what is better –  to find one in your mother tongue and to pray on your  time zone. Let’s cover this planet with positive energy!

You can go to the search here in my blog, and find the previous celebrations (and prayers)
May St. Joseph bless your family and your work

Glorious St. Joseph
model of all who are devoted to labor,
obtain for me the grace
to work conscientiously by placing love of duty above my inclinations;
to gratefully and joyously deem it an honor to employ and to develop by labor
the gifts I have received from God,
to work methodically, peacefully,
in moderation and patience,
without ever shrinking from it through difficulty to work;
above all, with purity of intention and unselfishness,
having unceasingly before my eyes
the account I have to render of time lost,
talents unused, good not done,
and vain complacency in success.
St. Joseph, inspire and guide me for the time to come.
 

My Favorite Painters – Caravaggio

The three forms of love: Eros, Philos, Agape

 

Taken from THE PILGRIMAGE, by Paulo Coelho

 

“Agape is total love, the love that devours those that experience it. Whoever knows and experiences Agape sees that nothing else in this world is of any importance, only loving. This was the love that Jesus felt for humanity, and it was so great that it shook the stars and changed the course of man’s history.”

“During the millennia of the history of civilization, many people have been smitten by this Love that Devours. They had so much to give – and the world demanded so little – that they were obliged to seek out the deserts and isolated places because love was so great that it transfigured them. They became the hermit saints that we know today.”

“For me and you who have experienced another form of Agape, this life here may seem hard and terrible. Yet the Love that Devours makes everything lose its importance: these men live only to be consumed by their love.”

He took a pause.

“Agape is the Love that Devours,” he repeated once more, as if this was the phrase that best defined that strange type of love. “Luther King once said that when Christ spoke of loving our enemies he was referring to Agape. Because according to him, it was impossible to like our enemies, those who do us harm and try to make our daily suffering all the worse.”

“But Agape is a lot more than liking. It is a sentiment that invades everything, fills all the cracks and makes any attempt at aggression turn to dust.”

“There are two forms of Agape. One is isolation, life dedicated only to contemplation. The other is precisely the opposite: contact with other human beings, and enthusiasm, the sacred sense of work. Enthusiasm means trance, ecstasy, connecting with God. Enthusiasm is Agape directed at some idea, something.”

“When we love and believe in something from the bottom of our soul, we feel stronger than the world and we are imbued with a serenity that comes from the certainty that nothing can conquer our faith. This strange force makes us always make the right decisions at the right time, and we are surprised at our own capacity when we fulfill our objective.”

“Enthusiasm usually manifests itself in all its power in the early years of our life. We still have a strong tie with the divinity and we give ourselves with such zeal to our toys that dolls take on a life of their own and little tin soldiers manage to march. When Jesus said that the kingdom of Heaven belonged to the children, he was referring to Agape in the form of Enthusiasm. The children reached him without paying any attention to his miracles, his wisdom, the Pharisees and the apostles. They came happily, driven by Enthusiasm.”

“May you never lose your enthusiasm at any moment for the rest of your life: it’s your greatest strength, intent on the final victory. You cannot let it slip through your fingers just because as time passes we have to face some small and necessary defeats.”

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Coco Chanel and elegance


A woman has the age she deserves.

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!

Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
Elegance is refusal.

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity. Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.

Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.

Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

There are people who have money and people who are rich.

by Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971), a pioneering French fashion designer