As much as it can be impulsive to worry about the future

 
 
 

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Paulo Coelho. Credit: Das Blaue Sofa / Club Bertelsmann. (Flickr/creative commons)

Before I came across Paulo Coelho’s works, I assumed reading novels was a waste of time.

And as the biased human that I am, I look for evidence to support my naive assumptions. “My grades are heading rapidly down the pit.” “I don’t have enough money to buy the things I want.” “There’s a high rate of unemployment, how am I going to get a good enough job?” These are real problems, and the last thing I need to waste my time on is a figment of someone’s imagination. Or so I thought.

But as anyone who understands and loves to read great novels can tell, these are all flimsy excuses. In fact, the remarkableness of novels is in the ability of the writers to use their own experiences; moments of pain, joy, regret, ecstasy, to create a world in which we all can relate.

They bring all of us into their story, so we can see that, though we are all different physically, our wants, fears, struggles are similar. We read our stories even as we read theirs. The clarity and instructive nature of Coelho’s writings have made him win his place as one of the best novelists. I’ve learned a great deal from him, both from his personal life and his books, as both are usually intertwined. Here are five remarkable lessons I’ve learned from Paulo Coelho.

Success Is Less Attractive When You See How It’s Made

“‘So you’re going to give me electric shock treatment,’ I said to Dr. Benjamin Gasper Gomes…The next moment a curtain seemed to fall over my eyes; my vision quickly narrowed to a single point, and then everything went dark.”

This is an excerpt from Coelho’s diary which he wrote during his second stay in a mental hospital in 1966. As he revealed on the inspiration behind his book, Veronika Decides to Die, by the time he was 16, he had already been committed to a mental institution twice. Why? He just wanted to be a writer.

Apparently, in Brazil at that time, the word “Artist” was synonymous with homosexual, drug addict, communist, and layabout. It wasn’t cool. So when his parent’s attempt to suppress his devotion to literature failed, they took his rebelliousness as a sign of mental illness.

Coelho’s time in the mental institution was one of his worst points, but there were others. Before going on a pilgrimage to Santiago, he also went into the “hippie life,” doing drugs and living aimlessly. He was jailed three times for his political activism and subjected to torture in prison. The story about his early days wasn’t pretty.

Interviews are great to watch. Fame is very attractive. These things stimulate us to want to succeed. But the mere fact that only a few still succeed shows how we don’t realize success isn’t as attractive as it appears after it’s achieved. When we imagine being a bestseller, we don’t imagine being treated with an electric shock or being jailed three times. We see a fancy office and the signing of autographs.

This realization, no doubt, might strip away some of the mystique of the things you already love. But maybe if we focused more on what the “behind the scenes” looks like, we’ll have more patience, hope, tenacity, and the path to success will be more accessible.

Don’t Worry About How Your Dreams Will Come True

A major concept in Coelho’s novels is how his characters (like Santiago in The Alchemist and Maria in Eleven Minutes) have a strong sense of what they want but yet have no idea how they would get it.

The same can be said for Coelho, wanting to be a writer but having no idea what to write about. It’s a common theme in the life of everyone. We all feel we need to do something, make a contribution in some way, but often, we either don’t know which step to take or are too apprehensive about what the future holds.

What we should do (what Coelho tries to demonstrate with his characters) is to pay attention and take whatever step appears to be right today. As Arthur Schopenhauer said,

“Our life is like a journey on which, as we advance, the landscape takes a different view from that which is presented at first, and changes again, as we come nearer.”

There’s no way we can really comprehend what the future holds, or how much change we are going to undergo in the next few years or even weeks. Before Coelho went on his pilgrimage, he still was yet to decide what he wanted to write about. He just wrote lyrics for musicians. It was after his journey he wrote The Pilgrimage, building a unique style, using his own personal experiences to instruct through his characters.

As much as it can be impulsive to worry about the future, it’s only through paying attention that we can know the appropriate steps to take as our preferences and view of life changes.

The Process Itself Is the Reward

Though Santiago’s aim, in the novel The Alchemist, was to discover his treasure in the Egyptian pyramids, the real treasure was the process he had to go through first. In his quest to search for his treasure, he ended up working for a crystal merchant for years. He met an Englishman (who became his traveling companion), The Alchemist, and also fell in love with a woman to whom he proposed marriage.

Do not be in a hurry to get to the finish line. Do not let your need to quickly “make it big” make you miss the wonderful lessons and people that life will bring your way. When we become too fixated on only the end result, everything in between usually becomes drudgery; just a means to an end.

Therefore, cultivate your mind to see your daily rewards. Be grateful for that new connection. Be happy about the new lesson you learned from meeting one of your mentors. What about the person you’re becoming because of the struggles and challenges you’ve overcome so far? Let that mean something to you.

If Santiago never discovered his treasure, it probably wouldn’t have mattered that much to him. Why? The reward he got from the process, pales in comparison to whatever treasure that was in the Egyptian pyramids.

Follow Your Own Rhythm

In his collection of thoughts and experiences which he published in the book Like the Flowing River, Coelho tells of an experience he had with a pilgrim, Begoña. After giving a talk on The Road to Santiago, Begoña walked to him saying there was something he didn’t mention. Intrigued to know what this could be, Coelho invited her for a cup of coffee. She said,

At the start of my pilgrimage, I tried to keep up with my group, but I got tired. I was demanding too much of myself. I was tense all the time and ended up straining the tendons on my left foot. I couldn’t work for two days after that, and I realized that I would only reach Santiago if I obeyed my own rhythm.”

Sometimes we may want to go through life quickly, not because we are in a hurry, but because we want to impress. Even though we feel stressed and overworked and the tendons on our left foot are burning, we smile and keep up. The result? A high rate of stress and mental, emotional imbalance. As Goethe said,

“It is only men of practical ability, knowing their powers and using them with moderation and prudence, who will be successful in worldly affairs.”

Forget about keeping up and understand your own rhythm. Follow it and be content at your own pace. It took Begoña longer to reach Santiago. Sometimes she had to walk alone for long stretches. But it was only by respecting her own rhythm that she managed to complete her journey.

Accept That Those Who Can’t Hear Your Music Will See Your Dance as Insane

“If someone isn’t what others want them to be,” Coelho wrote, “the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about theirs.”

Indeed, Coelho’s life is a manifestation of this remark. Being completely misunderstood and thought to be insane by his parents who, assuming they knew what was best for him, were only bent on making him into what they wanted.

Anyone who is driven to achieve anything will face the risk of being misunderstood, or even worse, being seen as a threat. When Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, launched his first start-up Viaweb, many thought it a stupid idea because they didn’t fully understand how it worked. As he revealed in one of his 2008 essays, Six Principles for Making New Things,

When we launched Viaweb, it seemed laughable to VCs and e-commerce ‘experts’… Since Viaweb was the first web-based app they’d seen, it seemed to be nothing more than a website… It sounded serious and difficult.”

But yet, Viaweb ended up crushing all its competitors. “Any great idea,” Goethe said, “is a tyrant when it first appears.” But not just great ideas. People will always push against anything they don’t understand.

This, however, doesn’t mean you’ll have huge success whenever you go against what’s conventional. But it means you’ll learn a priceless skill of referring less to others when you want to decide what’s best for you. It means you’ll be decisive; you’ll own your decisions, making you learn from them even when things don’t work out.

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

Conclusion

All the lessons I’ve learned from Paulo Coelho couldn’t possibly be compressed into an article. But I hope these five will be helpful to you as you continue to live your own personal legend.

  • Success is less attractive when you see how it’s made.
  • Don’t worry about how your dreams will come true.
  • The process itself is the reward.
  • Follow your own rhythm.
  • Accept that those who can’t hear your music will see your dance as insane.

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Emotional independence

“At the beginning of our life and again when we get old, we need the help and affection of others. Unfortunately, between these two periods of our life, when we are strong and able to look after ourselves, we don’t appreciate the value of affection and compassion.  As our own life begins and ends with the need for affection, wouldn’t it be better if we gave compassion and love to others while we are strong and capable?”

The above words were said by the present Dalai Lama. Really, it is very curious to see that we are proud of our emotional independence.  Evidently, it is not quite like that: we continue needing others our entire life, but it is a “shame” to show that, so we prefer to cry in hiding. And when someone asks us for help, that person is considered weak and incapable of controlling his feelings.

 There is an unwritten rule saying that “the world is for the strong”, that “only the fittest survive.” If it were like that, human beings would never have existed, because they are part of a species that needs to be protected for a long period of time (specialists say that we are only capable of surviving on our own after nine years of age, whereas a giraffe takes only six to eight months, and a bee is already independent in less than five minutes).

We are in this world, I, for my part, continue – and will always continue – depending on others.  I depend on my wife, my friends and my publishers. I depend even on my enemies, who help me to be always trained in the use of the sword.

Clearly, there are moments when this fire blows in another direction, but I always ask myself: where are the others? Have I isolated myself too much? Like any healthy person, I also need solitude and moments of reflection.

But I cannot get addicted to that.

Emotional independence leads to absolutely nowhere – except to a would-be fortress, whose only and useless objective is to impress others.

Emotional dependence, in its turn, is like a bonfire that we light.

In the beginning, relationships are difficult. In the same way that fire is necessary to put up with the disagreeable smoke – which makes breathing hard, and causes tears to pour down one’s face. However, once the fire is alight, the smoke disappears and the flames light up everything around us – spreading warmth, calm, and possibly making an ember pop out to burn us, but that is what makes a relationship interesting, isn’t that true?

I began this column quoting a Nobel Peace Prize winner about the importance of human relationships. I am ending with Professor Albert Schweitzer, physician and missionary, who received the same Nobel prize in 1952.

“All of us know a disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness. What we need to know is that there is a similar disease that attacks the soul – and which is very dangerous, because it catches us without being noticed. When you notice the slightest sign of indifference and lack of enthusiasm for your similar, be on the alert!”

“The only way to take precautions against this disease is to understand that the soul suffers, and suffers a lot, when we make it live superficially. The soul likes things that are beautiful and profound”.

Meditation: warrior of the light

Paulo Coelho responde com ironia aos piromaníacos

Diario de Noticias, Portugal

“Primeiro compraram, depois queimaram”, escreveu Paulo Coelho na sua conta na plataforma Twitter, ao comentar um vídeo em que um casal de apoiantes de Jair Bolsonaro rasga e queima um livro do escritor brasileiro.

“E o bigodinho do cara [vocabulário informal usado no Brasil para descrever pessoas do sexo masculino] não deixa esconder a origem da ideia”, acrescentou, numa alusão histórica à figura de Adolf Hitler.

Vídeos de pessoas a queimar livros de sucesso do autor brasileiro, como O Alquimista, publicado em 1988 e com mais de 150 milhões de exemplares vendidos em 70 idiomas, proliferaram nos últimos dias entre os seguidores do presidente brasileiro.

Em quase todos os vídeos, Paulo Coelho é acusado de ser “comunista”, “socialista” e “antipatriota”, e é convidado a ir viver “em Cuba ou na Venezuela” devido à sua postura crítica sobre o Governo de Bolsonaro.

Paulo Coelho observou noutra mensagem no Twitter: “A queima de livros se refere à destruição ritual pelo fogo e geralmente vem da oposição cultural, religiosa ou política aos materiais em questão. A queima de livros pelo regime nazista em 10 de maio de 1933 é o mais famoso da história.”

Paulo Coelho nasceu no Rio de Janeiro em 1947 e mora há anos em Genebra (Suíça), onde já estabeleceu a sua residência.

Desde 1982, quando Arquivos do Inferno, seu primeiro livro, foi publicado, o escritor escreveu cerca de 20 títulos.

Em 2002, Paulo Coelho foi nomeado membro da Academia Brasileira de Letras e desde meados de 2018, quando já havia a sensação de que as eleições daquele ano seriam vencidas por Jair Bolsonaro, que o escritor se posiciona contra o avanço dos movimentos de extrema-direita no Brasil e no mundo.

Nota Oficial do PEN CLUBE

 

NOTA OFICIAL DO PEN CLUBE DO BRASIL   EM SOLIDARIEDADE AO ESCRITOR PAULO COELHO

O PEN Clube Internacional – seção Brasil, cumpre o dever de vir a público para se solidarizar com o associado Paulo Coelho, por conta de agressão intolerável de que não apenas ele acaba de ser vítima se não a literatura brasileira e o próprio país.

O fato de ter seus livros queimados em público por um casal que se diz em defesa da Federação Brasileira e de seu Presidente pelo fato (???) de que o mais reconhecido escritor brasileiro teria criticado posições adotadas pelo Presidente Bolsonaro.

O PEN Clube do Brasil, único órgão internacional de que dispomos em defesa irrestrita tanto da liberdade de expressão de quem escreve e emite opiniões, quanto de seus escritores e jornalistas, não apenas presta solidariedade ao seu mais traduzido escritor como repudia com veemência e asco a insanidade histórica do ato de queimar livros impensável violência aplicada ao se abrirem as trevas nazistas no sangrento ano de 1933.

Tanto a solidariedade a Paulo Coelho, integrante da Academia Brasileira de Letras e de clubes literários de todo planeta, quanto o gesto de usar a bastardia de tal censura, cujas origens medievais são sobejamente reconhecidas, não podem, em nenhum momento serem ignorados por nossa sede em Londres e por seus duzentos clubes associados nos cinco continentes.

Ricardo Cravo Albin

Presidente do PEN Clube do Brasil

Warrior of the light meditations

If you have read one book by Paulo Coelho, I would guess it was, The Alchemist. The book has sold millions of copies all over the world and has been printed in many languages.

I picked up the book, Warrior of the Light, thinking that it would tell a story about strength and overcoming, similar to the Alchemist.

But the book was different than my expectations. Reading the Warrior of the Light I felt like it was a book that paired well with the Alchemist.

The book reviews how a Warrior of the Light builds him or herself to that standard.

The Manual

As I was reading the book, I picked up on many of the principles Paulo Coelho talked about. I also thought about different principles that were important to me.

Below I would like to share with you 101 principles, attitudes, believes and philosophies to help you overcome negative thoughts, feelings, actions and mindset.

I am in the process, and continue to be in the process, of learning how to apply these lessons to my life. Each day we face new challenges and the lessons below are opportunities for us.

 

101 Lessons from Warrior of the Light

  1. Sometimes you need to step away from the things that you obsess about before they can be realized.
  2. Show your gratitude to others and for others.
  3. Let others judge you. They are going to do it anyway. You keep doing what you know if right.
  4. It is important to have life experience versus theory from books.
  5. First prepare and then take action.
  6. If you have weaknesses, admit it. Only then are you ready to improve.
  7. [bctt tweet=”Every situation is a chance to learn something new.” via=”no”]
  8. Learn to be disciplined.
  9. Developing new abilities is the key to overcome old habits.
  10. Pick and choose battles carefully.
  11. It is nice to relax but do not have many days that repeating.
  12. Are you predictable?
  13. Play your role until you can get out of your circumstances.
  14. Do you have expectations of others? Don’t.
  15. What’s your purpose in life?
  16. The words you use when talk to yourself need to be positive.
  17. Talk to yourself and make sure you are doing what you need to do.
  18. Asking a higher power for advice.
  19. Be humble even when you do not want to be.
  20. Are you sharing your success with others? Why?

  21. Reflecting on the past.
  22. Pass the torch to the next generation.
  23. Do your goals keep you awake?
  24. Complaints do not go a long way. Why do you complain?
  25. What remains after you have worked all day?
  26. Your journey is different for the journey of everyone else.
  27. [bctt tweet=”New challenges are there once you get over the old ones.” via=”no”]
  28. Know your faults.
  29. Know your strengths.
  30. Looks at your opportunity not the opportunities of others.
  31. Motive others when you can.
  32. Show compassion for others.
  33. What do you fear? Why?
  34. Don’t focus on betrayal.
  35. Are you trying to walk someone else’s path?
  36. Do not focus on the trivial things.
  37. If you have no believe in yourself. Then your first job is to build it.
  38. Are you forgetting God?
  39. Who do you say Yes to and No to?
  40. Think about those you hurt in love.

  41. How are you improving yourself?
  42. Always finish what you start if it serves a purpose.
  43. Who is your teacher, mentor or coach?
  44. Share your heart with others.
  45. Share your thoughts with others.
  46. Who is not your teacher?
  47. Helping others is important.
  48. Help yourself first then help everyone else.
  49. Why do you fight with others?
  50. Use silence as your partner in guiding your direction.
  51. [bctt tweet=”Remember it will be done by you or someone else.” via=”no”]
  52. Do you show your pain?
  53. Where does your joy come from?
  54. How do you prepare to take action?
  55. What is your daily routine and why?
  56. Where are you going to be in 5 years?
  57. Take action on your thinking.
  58. Make mistakes and learn. Do not be discouraged at the first sight of failure.
  59. Be a strong foundation for others.
  60. Fight for what you believe in.
  61. Do you make up excuse in defeat?

  62. Be patient and enjoy the journey.
  63. Do not let real opportunities slip away while you focus on the wrong things.
  64. Remember you will be tested, so do not lose your heart in the journey.
  65. Remove hate from your heart.
  66. Look at the ways others carry themselves.
  67. Believe your intuition.
  68. Stick to what you believe in but be willing to change.
  69. Ensure you take care of the details.
  70. Don’t lose hope. Keep the faith.
  71. Never place blame on others.
  72. Use fear to motivate you not stop you.
  73. Know even when you are not doing anything, billions of things are still happening.
  74. [bctt tweet=”Believe wholeheartedly in the good you know about yourself.” via=”no”]
  75. Understand the tools you have and how to use them.
  76. Be a child at heart and a warrior on your journey.
  77. Deal with challenges and let go of negative feelings.
  78. Allow yourself to understand the decision, before you make it.
  79. Stand for justice. This means justice for all not just a few.
  80. People are always watching your actions.

  81. Become the master of your thoughts and emotions.
  82. Be the same with everyone.
  83. Who are your friends and why?
  84. Don’t give up. Fall and get up one more time.
  85. Understand the battle ahead.
  86. Are you selfish or do you practice selflessness?
  87. Be a slave to your dream.
  88. Know when and how to work with others.
  89. [bctt tweet=”Who inspires you from the past and in the present.” via=”no”]
  90. Do you give others second chances?
  91. Get wisdom from those who lived before you.
  92. Where do you get courage from?
  93. The first step is important.
  94. Do you know how to feel?
  95. Have faith in God and yourself.
  96. What will you leave the next generation?
  97. Timing is everything
  98. Surround yourself with the best people you can find.
  99. What strategy do you consider before you take action?
  100. Do you have self-trust?

  101. Know the world is random insanity.

Summary

The 101 lessons are only a small part of the knowledge you get from the book, Warrior of the Light. Everyone is going through something different and your situation can help you see the wisdom in a different light.

I recommend you focus on one principle each day. In one year, you focus on each principle at least 3 times. Continue to find new ways to apply the lesson in this book.

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Citations de Paulo Coelho

– Un peu de folie est nécessaire pour faire un pas de plus.

– Le courage est la peur qui fait ses prières.

– On ne s’aperçoit pas toujours que l’on parcourt chaque jour un nouveau chemin.

– Toutes les batailles de la vie nous enseignent quelque chose, même celles que nous perdons.

– La meilleure manière de connaître et de détruire un ennemi, c’est de feindre de devenir son ami.

– Ecoute ton coeur. il connaît toute chose, parce qu’il vient de l’âme du monde, et qu’un jour il y retournera.

– L’homme a rarement le pouvoir de prendre une décision.

– Le bonheur est quelque chose qui se multiplie quand il se divise.

– Si tu ne veux pas t’attirer d’ennuis, partage toujours la responsabilité.

– Seule l’explosion intérieure permet de briller.

– Tout comme les rivières changent leur cours, l’idéal des hommes est aussi sujet à transformations.

– La conscience de la mort nous incite à vivre davantage.

– Le bon combat est celui engagé parce que notre coeur le demande.

– De toutes les armes de destruction inventées par l’homme, la plus terrible (et la plus puissante) était la parole.

– Tous les malheurs ont une fin. ainsi en est-il aussi des gloires et des tragédies du monde.

– C’est justement la possibilité de réaliser un rêve qui rend la vie intéressante.

– Il n’y a qu’une façon d’apprendre, c’est par l’action.

– De toutes les manières que l’homme a trouvé de se faire du mal à lui-même, l’amour est la pire.

– Même la plus grande sagesse peut être occultée par l’éclat de la vanité.

– Quand on aime, on n’a aucun besoin de comprendre ce qui se passe, car tout se passe alors à l’intérieur de nous…

– C’est grave de s’obliger à ressembler à tout le monde : cela provoque des névroses, des psychoses, des paranoïas.

– Rien dans ce monde n’arrive par hasard.

– Tout le monde est faible devant la souffrance.

– L’être humain ne s’offre le luxe d’être fou que lorsque les conditions sont favorables.

– L’enthousiasme se manifeste normalement de toute sa puissance pendant les premières années de notre vie.

– Tout homme a le droit de douter de sa tâche et d’y faillir de temps en temps. la seule chose qu’il ne puisse faire, c’est l’oublier.

– La jeunesse est ainsi, elle établit ses propres limites sans demander si le corps supporte.

– Celui qui désire mener le bon combat doit regarder le monde comme s’il s’agissait d’un trésor inépuisable, qui attend d’être découvert et conquis.

– Nous sommes tous fous d’une façon ou d’une autre.

– Les gens ont toujours tendance à vouloir aider les autres, uniquement pour se sentir meilleurs qu’ils ne sont en réalité.

– La vie peut être courte ou longue, tout dépend de la façon dont nous la vivons.

– Qu’est-ce qui pousse une personne à se détester ? peut-être la lacheté. ou l’éternelle peur de se tromper, de ne pas faire ce que les autres attendent.

– Un marteau n’a pas de raison d’être s’il n’existait des clous pour qu’il les martèle.

– Le destin des montagnes doit être terrible. elles sont obligées de contempler toujours le même paysage.

– Si tu t’en vas en promettant ce que tu ne possèdes pas encore, tu perdras l’envie de l’obtenir.

– Bien des gens commentent les horreurs qui frappent les autres comme s’ils étaient très soucieux de les aider, alors qu’en réalité ils se complaisent à la souffrance d’autrui, par ce qu’elle leur permet de croire qu’ils sont heureux.

– On n’a pas besoin de gravir une montagne pour savoir si elle est élevée.

– C’était cela la liberté : sentir ce que son coeur désirait, indépendamment de l’opinion des autres.

– Tout le monde peut écrire ce qu’il veut ; mais personne ne parvient à se souvenir de choses qui n’ont jamais existé.

– L’être humain a deux grands problèmes : le premier est de savoir quand commencer, le second est de savoir quand s’arrêter.

– L’amour est une force sauvage. quand nous essayons de le contrôler, il nous détruit. quand nous essayons de l’emprisonner, il nous rend esclaves. quand nous essayons de le comprendre, il nous laisse perdus et confus.

– Il suffit de prêter attention ; les leçons viennent toujours quand vous êtes prêt, et si vous êtes attentif aux signes, vous apprendrez toujours tout ce qui est nécessaire pour l’étape suivante.

– Le désert est une femme capricieuse, qui parfois rend les hommes fous.

– Dans la contradiction, l’amour se renforce. dans la confrontation et la transformation, l’amour se préserve.

– L’âge ne fait perdre le rythme qu’à ceux qui n’ont jamais eu le courage d’avancer tout seuls.

– Il est toujours bon d’avoir une activité lente avant de prendre une décision importante.

– Quand on voyage vers un objectif, il est très important de prêter attention au chemin. c’est toujours le chemin qui nous enseigne la meilleure façon d’y parvenir, et il nous enrichit à mesure que nous le parcourons.

– Les rêves donnent du travail.

– L’extraordinaire se trouve sur le chemin des gens ordinaires.

– L’homme ne pourra jamais cesser de rêver. le rêve est la nourriture de l’âme comme les aliments sont la nourriture du corps.

– La peur va jusqu’où commence l’inévitable ; dès lors, elle n’a plus de sens.

– Personne n’aime demander beaucoup à la vie, parce qu’il a peur de l’échec.

– Dans la vie, tout est signe.

– L’intuition n’a rien à voir avec la routine, elle relève d’un état d’esprit qui est au-delà de la technique.

– La coupe des souffrances n’a pas la même taille pour tout le monde.

– Le futur a été créé pour être changé.

– Essayer d’expliquer, c’est vouloir expliquer le mystère – impossible.

– Les dieux jettent les dés et ne demandent pas si nous avons envie de jouer.

– L’heure la plus sombre est celle qui vient juste avant le lever du soleil.

– La seule utilité réelle de la cravate, c’est qu’on la retire, sitôt rentré chez soi, pour se donner l’impression d’être libéré de quelque chose, mais on ne sait pas de quoi.

– La réalité est ce que la majorité considère qu’elle est. ce n’est pas nécessairement le meilleur, ni le plus logique, mais ce qui s’est adapté au désir collectif.

– Le meilleur soldat est celui qui ressemble à une pierre. sans sortir la lame du fourreau, il réussit à prouver que personne ne pourra le vaincre.

 Plus que la faim, la soif, le chômage, la souffrance d’amour, le désespoir de la défaite, le pire de tout, c’est de sentir que personne, mais absolument personne en ce monde, ne s’intéresse à nous.

– La richesse n’est pas la quantité d’argent qu’on a mais la façon dont on l’utilise.

– Chaque être humain est unique, il a ses propres qualités, ses instincts, ses formes de plaisir. cependant la société impose une manière d’agir collective, et les gens ne cessent de se demander pourquoi ils doivent se comporter ainsi.

– Emporte dans ta mémoire, pour le reste de ton existence, les choses positives qui ont surgi au milieu des difficultés. elles seront une preuve de tes capacités et te redonneront confiance devant tous les obstacles.

– Peut-être dieu a-t-il créé le désert pour que l’homme puisse se réjouir à la vue des palmiers.

– Dieu n’abandonne jamais ses enfants, mais ses desseins sont insondables, et il construit notre route à l’aide de nos propres pas.

– Quand on ne peut revenir en arrière, on ne doit se préoccuper que de la meilleure façon d’aller de l’avant.

– Dans les contes pour enfants, les princesses donnent des baisers aux crapaud. dans la vie réelle, les princesses embrassent les princes et ceux-ci se transforment en crapauds.

– Seul celui qui est heureux peut répandre le bonheur autour de lui.

– Quand nous avons de grands trésors sous les yeux, nous ne nous en apercevons jamais. et sais-tu pourquoi ? parce que les hommes ne croient pas aux trésors.

– Un homme doit choisir. en cela réside sa force : le pouvoir de ses décisions.

– Les hommes qui se croient sages sont indécis à l’heure de commander et rebelles à l’heure d’obéir. ils pensent qu’il est honteux de donner des ordres et déshonorant de les recevoir.

– Avez-vous jamais rencontré quelqu’un qui se soit demandé pourquoi les aiguilles d’une horloge tournent dans un sens, et non dans le sens contraire ?

– Il n’y a qu’une chose qui puisse rendre un rêve impossible, c’est la peur d’échouer.

– Une chute du troisième étage fait tout autant de dégâts qu’une chute du centième étage. si je dois tomber, qu’au moins je tombe de très haut.

– L’homme est né pour trahir son destin.

– Peu importe le nombre d’années que l’on a ; quand la nuit tombe, elle apporte avec elle des peurs cachées dans notre âme depuis l’enfance.

– La danse est l’une des formes les plus parfaites de communication avec l’intelligence infinie.

– Ce qui noie quelqu’un, ce n’est pas le plongeon, mais le fait de rester sous l’eau.

– A un moment donné de notre existence, nous perdons la maîtrise de notre vie, qui se trouve dès lors gouvernée par le destin. c’est là qu’est la plus grande imposture du monde.

– Celui qui est capable de maîtriser son coeur est capable de conquérir le monde.

– Dieu peut tout. s’il se limitait à faire ce que nous appelons le bien, nous ne pourrions pas le nommer tout-puissant.

– Combien de fois abandonnons-nous notre chemin, attirés par l’éclat trompeur du chemin d’à côté ?

– Qu’est-ce qu’un prophète ? c’est un homme qui écoute encore les voix qu’il entendait lorsqu’il était enfant et qui croit toujours en elles.

– Excepté quelques cas pathologiques graves, les gens deviennent fous quand ils essaient d’échapper à la routine.

– Le bonheur est parfois une bénédiction – mais, le plus souvent, c’est une conquête.

– Nous sommes notre plus grande surprise.

– La folie, c’est l’incapacité de communiquer ses idées.

– Tout le monde croit savoir exactement comment nous devrions vivre.

– Quand quelqu’un prend une décision, il se plonge en fait dans un courant impétueux qui l’emporte vers une destination qu’il n’a jamais entrevue, même en rêve.

– Une quête commence toujours par la chance du débutant. et s’achève toujours par l’épreuve du conquérant.

– – l’amour est dangereux, dit-il. – très, renchérit l’ange. et alors ?

– Ce n’est pas un pêché que d’être heureux.

– Lorsque l’on tarde pour la cueillette, les fruits pourrissent. mais quand on repousse les problèmes, ils ne cessent de croître.

– Tout est écrit dans les sons. le passé, le présent et le futur de l’homme. un homme qui ne sait pas entendre ne peut écouter les conseils que la vie nous prodigue à chaque instant. seul celui qui écoute le bruit du présent peut prendre la décision juste.

– On ne peut se fier à un homme si l’on ne connaît pas la maison qu’il habite.

– Les hommes rêvent du retour plus que du départ.

– Le silence n’équivaut pas toujours à un assentiment : en général, il révèle simplement l’incapacité des gens à réagir sur le coup.

– La seule manière de sauver nos rêves est d’être généreux avec nous-mêmes.

– Des millénaires de civilisation ont fait du suicide un tabou, un outrage à tous les codes religieux : l’homme lutte pour survivre, pas pour renoncer.

– Le présent est toujours très bref, même si certains croient posséder un passé où ils ont accumulé des choses, et un avenir où ils accumuleront plus encore.

– Il existe deux choses qui empêchent une personne de réaliser ses rêves : croire qu’ils sont irréalisables, ou bien, quand la roue du destin tourne à l’improviste, les voir se changer en possible au moment où l’on s’y attend le moins.

– Les gens veulent tout changer et, en même temps, souhaitent que tout continue uniformément.

– Des démons surviennent et repartent à tout moment, sans que les choses soient nécessairement perturbées par leur présence.

– Quand on veut une chose, tout l’univers conspire à nous permettre de réaliser notre rêve.

– Ce qui importe ce n’est pas celui qui donne une bonne réponse, mais celui qui a raison.

– En ce moment, beaucoup de gens ont renoncé à vivre. ils ne s’ennuient pas, ils ne pleurent pas, ils se contentent d’attendre que le temps passe. ils n’ont pas accepté les défis de la vie et elle ne les défie plus.

– Une ville est une femme capricieuse, il lui faut du temps pour se laisser séduire et se découvrir complètement.

– Lorsqu’une chose évolue, tout ce qui est autour évolue de même.

– Sur le chemin, comme dans la vie, la sagesse n’a de valeur que si elle peut aider l’homme à vaincre un obstacle.

– En général, la mort fait que l’on devient plus attentif à la vie.

– Aimer, c’est perdre le contrôle.

– La liberté n’est pas l’absence d’engagement, mais la capacité de choisir.

– Le monde trouvera sa vérité quand l’homme saura aimer – jusque-là, nous vivons en pensant que nous connaissons l’amour, mais sans avoir le courage de l’affronter tel qu’il est.

– Clore des cycles, fermer des portes, finir des chapitres – peu importe comment nous appelons cela, l’important est de laisser dans le passé les moments de la vie qui sont achevés.

– Une fois résolu, un problème est d’une simplicité atterrante.

– L’amour est petit, il n’y en a que pour un ou une, et attention ! toute tentative pour dire que le coeur est plus grand que cela est considérée comme maudite.

– Tous les abrutis devraient avoir écrit sur leur carte de visite qu’ils sont des abrutis. comme ça, on saurait à qui l’on s’adresse.

– La condition humaine nous fait partager seulement ce que nous avons de meilleur, parce que nous sommes toujours en quête d’amour et d’acceptation.

– Un monde sans abrutis, ce serait le chaos ! au lieu de chômeurs comme on a aujourd’hui, il y aurait du travail en trop, et personne pour travailler !

– Personne ne peut fuir son coeur. c’est pourquoi il vaut mieux écouter ce qu’il dit.

– Il faut lutter pour ses rêves, mais il faut savoir également que quand certains chemins se révèlent impossibles, mieux vaut garder son énergie pour parcourir d’autres routes.

– Travailler est une bénédiction quand cela nous aide à penser à ce que nous sommes en train de faire. mais cela devient une malédiction quand cela n’a d’autre utilité que de nous éviter de penser au sens de notre vie.

– Une action est une pensée qui se manifeste.

– La liberté, si durement acquise, n’est autre qu’un exil déguisé.

– Quand un homme marche vers son destin, il est bien souvent forcé de changer de direction.

– Très souvent, au cours de notre existence, nous voyons nos rêves déçus et nos désirs frustrés, mais il faut continuer à rêver, sinon notre âme meurt.

– Le bon combat est celui qui est engagé au nom de nos rêves.

– L’homme ne naît pas, et il ne meurt jamais. il s’efforce d’exister, il ne cessera jamais de le faire, car il est éternel et permanent.

– Tout ce qui est fait dans le présent affecte l’avenir en conséquence, et le passé par rédemption.

– La diplomatie est aussi l’art de reporter les décisions jusqu’à ce que les problèmes se résolvent d’eux-mêmes.

– A tout être humain ont été concédées deux qualités : le pouvoir et le don. le pouvoir conduit l’homme à la rencontre de son destin ; le don l’oblige à partager avec les autres ce qu’il y a de meilleur en lui.

 

The story of the pencil

in “Like a flowing river”

Lessons from Yabut

Apprentice Asia’s Jonathan Yabut made a list of issues that he considers relevant to win any contest.
Although I am far from being a fan of this type of TV program, I liked some points of Yabut’s list. See below

1. It pays to be prepared
2. Honesty is truly the best policy
3. Think big picture
4. Find “” and firm up “” your strengths
5. Appreciate the beauty of strategy
6. Choose
7. Look ahead
8. Value your beginnings, all the way to the end
9. The universe can be your ally
10. Become your favorite movie, in a good way

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Accepting the fight

If someone confronts you over ideas or ideals, step up and accept the fight, because conflict is present in every moment of our lives and sometimes it needs to show itself in the broad light of day.

But do not fight in order to prove that you are right or to impose your ideas or ideals on someone else.
Only accept the fight as a way of keeping your spirit clean and your will spotless. When the fight is over, both sides will emerge as winners, because they tested their limitations and their abilities.

Since both respect the courage and determination of the other, the time will come when they will once again walk along hand-in-hand, even if they have to wait a thousand years for that to happen.

Meanwhile, if someone merely wishes to provoke you, shake the dust from your feet and carry on. Only fight with a worthy opponent, and not with someone who uses trickery to prolong a war that is already over, as happens with all wars.

Such cruelty does not come from the warriors who meet on the battlefield and know what they are doing there, but from those who manipulate victory and defeat for their own ends.

The enemy is not the person standing before you, sword in hand. It is the person standing next to you with a dagger concealed behind his back.

The most important of wars is not waged with a lofty spirit and with your soul accepting its fate.

It is the war that is going on now as we are speaking and whose battlefield is the Spirit, where Good and Evil, Courage and Cowardice, Love and Fear face each other.

taken from THE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

Poor vampire

What is a vampire?

It is someone who at a certain moment in their existence becomes immortal.

In other words, after that moment their body will no longer follow the normal course of nature; they will become forever young, and they can live as long as they like without having to deal with problems caused by growing old.

The vampire’s only diet is a little blood every day, and their only care with their skin is to avoid sunlight – but after all, this is a very small price to pay to enjoy all the possibilities of eternal life.

Except for one thing: vampires stop in time, while the world carries on changing.

Let us imagine a human being who becomes a vampire right at the finals of the 1986 World Cup.

He could smoke on airplanes, did not need to puzzle over picking what channel to watch on the television – the choice was so limited.

He had an actress for a sex symbol, understood all about carburetors and fought for his socialist ideal, convinced that the Soviet Union would soon have more capable governors, and the yearnings of the people (called the proletariat) would at last be respected.

One fine day he falls in love with a 22-year-old sociology student.

He admires her beauty, her enthusiasm, her idealism.

He suggests transforming her into a vampire, but she refuses – she has seen too many horror films.

She is in love too and does not want to lose him, but she sets one single condition for going ahead with their relationship: he must never suck her blood.

The vampire has no choice but to keep his word.

They get married in the registry office to avoid mortal crucifixes.

Twenty years roll by – in fact fly by, because another four World Cups have taken place. The former university student is now 42 years old, working in a bank (unemployment problems) or else writing useless Master’s and Ph.D. theses and dissertations merely to justify her life as a professional student.

Carburetors have disappeared from the face of the earth.

In horror he leafs through a magazine and sees his old sex-symbol actress transformed into a hybrid product made of plastic, Botox and silicone, her face coated with tons of makeup.

He feels guilty for having 200 TV channels and only watches the same ones as long ago.

The Soviet Union has collapsed.

He was obliged to abandon his beloved cigarettes (although it did not affect his health, don’t forget that vampires are immortal), because smoking became impossible, either because of laws or because of the way people looked at him in restaurants.

And worst of all: everyone is talking about chat, Internet, iPod, rave and so on.

The vampire tries to keep up to date, but everything seems absolutely complicated, irritating and senseless.

He looks at the computer as if he were looking at a clove of garlic – with a mixture of horror and impotence.

He will never be able to manage one of those, although he has tried several times.

His friends are retired, spend their days playing cards – they also do not know how to deal with computers, but they do not mind, the group has grown old together, they all have the same interests and can share experiences. The vampire stays young.

Immortal.

Now he is faced with eternal depression.

He attempts suicide, going out in the sunlight or looking at crucifixes, only to discover that these were myths created by the Church and cause him no harm at all.

He is left with one consolation: there is still one political figure that he knows all about (because all the other governors across the world have changed).

But Fidel Castro will also pass.

And then nothing, absolutely nothing, will remain of the world that the vampire once loved so much.

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