1] The path begins with a crossroads. There you can stop and think what direction to follow. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Once you have taken the first step, forget the crossroads forever or you will always torture yourself with the useless question: “did I take the right path?”
2] The path doesn’t last for ever. It is a blessing to travel the path for some time, but one day it will come to an end, so always be prepared to leave it at any moment. Don’t get too used to anything. Neither to the hours of euphoria, nor to the endless days when everything seems so difficult and progress is so slow. Don’t forget that sooner or later an angel will appear and your journey will reach an end.
3] Honor your path. It was your choice, your decision, and just as you respect the ground you step on, that ground will respect your feet. Always do what is best to conserve and keep your path and it will do the same for you.
4] Be well equipped. Carry a small rake, a spade, a penknife. Understand that penknives are no use for dry leaves, and rakes are useless for herbs that are deep-rooted. Know also what tool to use at each moment.
5] The path goes forward and backward. At times you have to go back because something was lost, or else a message to be delivered was forgotten in your pocket. A well tended path enables you to go back without any great problems.
6] Take care of the path before you take care of what is around you. Don’t be distracted by the dry leaves at the edges or by the way that others are looking after their paths. Use your energy to tend and conserve the ground that accepts your steps.
7] Be patient. Sometimes the same tasks have to be repeated, like tearing up weeds or closing holes that appear after unexpected rain. Don’t let that annoy you – that is part of the journey.
8] Paths cross. People can tell what the weather is like. Listen to advice, and make your own decisions. You alone are responsible for the path that was entrusted to you.
9] Nature follows its own rules. In this way, you have to be prepared for sudden changes in the fall, slippery ice in winter, the temptations of flowers in spring, thirst and showers in the summer. Make the most of each of these seasons, and don’t complain about their characteristics.
10] Make your path a mirror of yourself. By no means let yourself be influenced by the way that others care for their paths. You have your soul to listen to, and the birds to tell what your soul is saying. Let your stories be beautiful and pleasant to everything around you. Above all, let the stories that your soul tells during the journey be echoed at each and every second of the path.
11] Love your path. This is the most important rule of all!
taken from “The book of manuals”
The Rabbi Nahum of Chernobyl was always being insulted by a shopkeeper. One day, the latter’s business began to go badly.
“It must be the Rabbi, who is asking for God’s revenge,” he thought. He went to ask Nahum’s forgiveness.
– I forgive you in the same spirit you ask for forgiveness – replied the Rabbi.
But the man’s losses just kept increasing, until he was reduced to misery. Nahum’s horrified disciples went to ask him what had happened.
– I forgave him, but he continued to hate me deep down in his heart – said the Rabbi – Therefore, his hatred contaminated everything he did, and God’s punishment became more and more severe.
I will be with my wife 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
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.
When Paolo Coelho wrote and released “The Alchemist,” his first publisher dropped the book because the sales were bad. Fortunately, he found another publisher who had more faith in it and the rest became history. “The Alchemist” encourages a person to reconsider how he views life and helped establish Coleho as an inspirational writer. Here are some of the smartest advice from the book that will prove helpful how you view life not only as a student but in general.
Action is the first step to success
Success will not come if you don’t take a step first. Taking action is also the only way to learn. You can study more, read more, listen more but if you don’t take any action, all those knowledge remains a knowledge. On the other hand, success comes when you turn that knowledge into action.
Compensate your weakness with your strength
All of us have their own weaknesses and strengths. However, weaknesses should not stop you from being successful and earning the respect of others. Instead, focus on your strength instead of your weakness.
In “The Alchemist,” there’s a quote there that says if you really want something, the universe conspires in helping you get that dream. There might be something you’ll encounter that will make you doubt your dream but yo have to keep your focus and be obsessed with your dream.
Rejection is normal
Paulo loved writing and believes in himself. He recounted a story where he passed some of his poetry in a reputable magazine but got humiliated in return. He took it personally at first but eventually got over the rejection. The experience encouraged him to make himself better.
Getting a corporate job does not necessarily mean success
Getting a job in the corporate world might pay you a lot of money but that does not necessarily mean success. Doing what you love doing is a gift that only a few enjoys but not impossible to achieve.
Do you know exactly where you are now?
You are in a city, along with a lot of other people, and it is highly likely that, at this very moment, various people are sheltering in their hearts the same hopes and anxieties that you are sheltering in yours.
Let us go further: you are a microscopic speck on the surface of a ball. This ball spins around another ball, which, in turn, is located in one tiny corner of a galaxy along with millions of other similar balls.
This galaxy forms part of something called the Universe, full of vast star clusters. No one knows exactly where this Universe begins and ends.
This does not mean that you are not of vital importance; you struggle, you strive, you try to improve, you have dreams, you are made happy or sad by love. You are UNIQUE
If you were not alive, something would be missing.
‘All the teachers say that spiritual treasure is something one finds alone. So why are we all here together?’ asked a disciple of the Sufi master Nasrudin.
‘You are all here together because a forest is always stronger than a lone tree,’ replied Nasrudin.
‘The forest maintains the humidity in the air, it resists the hurricane, and it helps to make the soil fertile.
‘But what makes a tree strong is its root, and the root of one plant cannot help another plant to grow.
‘Working together towards the same end and allowing each one to grow in his own way, that is the path for those who wish to commune with God.’
Welcome to Share with Friends – Free Texts for a Free Internet
Hasn’t it been difficult for you to stay in Brasil after all the harm the Brasilian dictatorship has done to you in former times? What made you stay there although you have been imprisonned under very cruel circumstances from your own people?
It was impossible to live in Brazil, because after being in jail, you develop a kind of paranoia, you think that everybody is following you, listening to your conversations, etc. So, after being released, I went to London, but after three or four months, I realized that this was to scape to reality, to be a “strange in a strange land”for the rest of my life. So I decided to face my fears, and I returned to Brasil. It was better to die here than the be a living dead in a foreign place – I made this choice.
As for the second part of your question: I was not imprisioned by my own people, I was imprisioned by the military junta, that kept my people silent under the threat of weapons. My people was waiting, because there is no arguments against force. On the other hand, nobody can keep the pressure forever, so at the long run Freedom won, and here we are, with our problems, but also with the freedom to talk about them.
selected by Paulo Coelho (feel free to share, by the way…)
A protestant priest, having started a family, no longer had any peace for his prayers. One night, when he knelt down, he was disturbed by the children in the living room.
“Have the children keep quiet!” he shouted.
His startled wife obeyed. Thereafter, whenever the priest came home, they all maintained silence during prayers. But he realized that God was no longer listening.
One night, during his prayers, he asked the Lord: “what is going on? I have the necessary peace, and I cannot pray!”
An angel replied: “He hears words, but no longer hears the laughter. He notices the devotion, but can no longer see the joy.”
The priest stood and shouted once again to his wife: “Let the children play! They are part of praying!”
And his words were heard by God once again.
A blind man was begging on the road to Mecca, when a pious Moslem came over and asked whether the people were giving generously – as the Koran commands. The man showed him his little tin, which was almost empty. The traveler said:
– Let me write something on the card around your neck.
Hours later, the traveler returned. The beggar was surprised, for he had received a large amount of money.
– What did you write on the card? – he asked.
– All I wrote was: Today is a beautiful spring day, the sun is shining, and I am blind.
Dov Beer de Mezeritch was asked:
“Which example should one follow? That of pious men, who devote their lives to God? That of scholars, who seek to understand the will of the Almighty?
“The best example is that of the child,” he answered.
“A child knows nothing. It hasn’t yet learned what reality is,” people commented.
“You are all quite wrong, for a child possesses three qualities we should never forget,” said Dov Beer. “They are always joyful without reason. They are always busy. And when they want something, they know how to demand it firmly and with determination.”
Portugues> Manual para subir montanhas
By Paulo Coelho
A] Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing.
B] Know how to get close to it: mountains are often seen from far off – beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But what happens when we try to draw closer? Roads run all around them, flowers grow between you and your objective, what seemed so clear on the map is tough in real life. So try all the paths and all the tracks until eventually one day you’re standing in front of the top that you yearn to reach.
C] Learn from someone who has already been up there: no matter how unique you feel, there is always someone who has had the same dream before you and ended up leaving marks that can make your journey easier; places to hang the rope, trails, broken branches to make the walking easier. The climb is yours, so is the responsibility, but don’t forget that the experience of others can help a lot.
D] When seen up close, dangers are controllable: when you begin to climb the mountain of your dreams, pay attention to the surroundings. There are cliffs, of course. There are almost imperceptible cracks in the mountain rock. There are stones so polished by storms that they have become as slippery as ice. But if you know where you are placing each footstep, you will notice the traps and how to get around them.
E] The landscape changes, so enjoy it: of course, you have to have an objective in mind – to reach the top. But as you are going up, more things can be seen, and it’s no bother to stop now and again and enjoy the panorama around you. At every meter conquered, you can see a little further, so use this to discover things that you still had not noticed.
F] Respect your body: you can only climb a mountain if you give your body the attention it deserves. You have all the time that life grants you, as long as you walk without demanding what can’t be granted. If you go too fast you will grow tired and give up half way there. If you go too slow, night will fall and you will be lost. Enjoy the scenery, take delight in the cool spring water and the fruit that nature generously offers you, but keep on walking.
G] Respect your soul: don’t keep repeating “I’m going to make it”. Your soul already knows that, what it needs is to use the long journey to be able to grow, stretch along the horizon, touch the sky. An obsession does not help you at all to reach your objective, and even ends up taking the pleasure out of the climb. But pay attention: also, don’t keep saying “it’s harder than I thought”, because that will make you lose your inner strength.
H] Be prepared to climb one kilometer more: the way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far. But since you were prepared to go beyond, this is not really a problem.
I] Be happy when you reach the top: cry, clap your hands, shout to the four winds that you did it, let the wind – the wind is always blowing up there – purify your mind, refresh your tired and sweaty feet, open your eyes, clean the dust from your heart. It feels so good, what was just a dream before, a distant vision, is now part of your life, you did it!
J] Make a promise: now that you have discovered a force that you were not even aware of, tell yourself that from now on you will use this force for the rest of your days. Preferably, also promise to discover another mountain, and set off on another adventure.
K ] Tell your story: yes, tell your story! Give your example. Tell everyone that it’s possible, and other people will then have the courage to face their own mountains.
Zaki heard Xa asking his friends what was the most beautiful sound on Earth.
‘The sound of the flute,’ said one.
‘Birdsong,’ said another.
‘A woman’s voice,’ said a third.
They continued the discussion late into the night, without reaching any conclusion.
Days later, Zaki invited Xa and his friends to supper. In the room next door, the best orchestra in the world was playing lovely music, but there was no food on the table. Around midnight, by which time his guests were all starving hungry, Zaki finally served up an exquisite banquet.
‘After hours without eating, isn’t the clatter of cutlery on plates a divine sound?’ remarked Xa.
‘I am simply answering your question about what is the most beautiful sound on Earth,’ replied Zaki. ‘It could be the voice of the woman we love, the singing of birds, the clatter of plates, the breathing beside us in bed of someone dear to us, but it will always be the sound that our heart needs to hear at that precise moment.’
Welcome to Share with Friends – Free Texts for a Free Internet
By Paulo Coelho
Dov Beer of Mezeritch was asked:
‘Which is the best example to follow? That of the pious man who dedicates his life to God without ever asking why, or that of the erudite man, who tries to understand the will of the Almighty?’
‘The best example to follow is that of the child,’ replied Dov Beer.
‘But a child knows nothing. It doesn’t even understand what reality is!’ was the general response.
‘There you are much mistaken, because the child has four qualities that we should never forget. A child is always happy for no reason. A child is always busy. When a child wants something, he or she shows great persistence and determination in demanding that thing. Lastly, a child is always very quick to stop crying.’
Welcome to Share with Friends – Free Texts for a Free Internet
‘Is there anything more important than prayer?’ a disciple asked his teacher.
The teacher told the disciple to go to a nearby tree and cut off a branch. The disciple obeyed.
‘Is the tree still alive?’ asked the teacher.
‘As alive as it was before.’
‘Then go over there and slice through its roots.’
‘If I do that, the tree will die.’
‘Prayers are the branches of a tree whose roots are called Faith,’ said the teacher. ‘Faith can exist without prayer, but prayer cannot exist without faith.’
Welcome to Share with Friends – Free Texts for a Free Internet
I would like to know how you delt/deal with the restlessness that some people -including me- struggles with?
I am also struggling with myself all the time, but I am very optimistic in this sense. People are realizing more and more that happiness is freedom, and freedom is to be able to “travel light”, not possessing a lot of things, because at the end of the day, the things start to possess you. I remember that I considered to buy a castle in France. I went to see some. One day I realized that if I buy a castle, I cannot think about anything but taking care of it. Therefore, I bought a small watermill, so to keep it is very easy, and I have time to go to the mountains, to walk, do spend my life in the way that I would like. In short: the less you have to keep, the more you have in freedom. And one of the lessons nature teaches you is exactly that: keep your contradictions, as summer is the opposite of winter.
“I’ve met a man and fallen in love with him. I allowed myself to fall in love for one simple reason: I’m not expecting anything to come of it. I know that, in three months’ time, I’ll be far away and he’ll be just a memory, but I couldn’t stand living without love any longer; I had reached my limit…
Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally.
These meeting are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes directions.”
from the book Eleven Minutes
According to a well-known Zen story, Lao Shi asked his master, Wang Tei:
– What must I do to be closer to God?
Wang Tei told him to follow him high up onto a mountain, There, he took a candle from his bag and gave it to his disciple to light. Lao Shi tried several times, in vain.
– It is too windy, I can’t light it.
– But it’s not windy three kilometers away from here.
– What use is that? I’d need to walk all that way, to light the candle where there is no wind.
– Similarly, in order to ligth the flame of God within you, stop the windmills of your mind – replied Wang Thei.
1-Se valiente. Toma riesgos. Nada puede sustituir a la experiencia.
2-Esperar es doloroso. Olvidar es doloroso. Pero no saber qué hacer es el peor tipo de sufrimiento.
3-Cuando una persona desea realmente algo, todo el universo conspira para ayudar a esa persona a realizar su sueño.
4-He visto muchas tormentas en mi vida. La mayoría me han cogido por sorpresa, por lo que tuve que aprender muy rápido a mirar adelante y entender que no soy capaz de controlar el tiempo, ejercitar el arte de la paciencia y respetar la furia de la naturaleza.
5-Nadie puede mentir, nadie puede esconder nada, cuando se le mira directamente a los ojos.
6-Tienes que tomar riesgos. Solo entendemos el miraglo de la vida cuando permitimos que pase lo inesperado.
7-La vida siempre fue un problema de esperar el momento correcto para actuar.
8-Uno es amado porque uno es amado. No hay razón necesaria para amar.
9-Cuando eres entusiasta sobre lo que haces, sientes energía positiva. Es muy simple.
10-Puedes volverte ciego al ver cada día como similar. Cada día es diferente, cada día trae un milagro. Simplemente es cuestión de prestar atención a ese milagro.
11-Recuerda tus sueños y lucha por ellos. Debes saber qué quieres de la vida. Solo hay una cosa que hace tu sueño imposible: el miedo al fracaso.
12-La cultura hace que la gente se entienda mejor. Y si se entienden mejor en sus almas, es más fácil superar las barreras políticas y económicas. Pero primero tienen que entender que sus vecinos es, al final, como ellos, con los mismos problemas.
13-No, nunca he visto un ángel, pero es irrelevante el haberlo visto o no. Siento su presencia alrededor mía.
14-Las personas son muy reacias a hablar sobre sus vidas privadas pero vas a internet y son mucho más abiertas.
15-No te ahogas al caer a un río, sino al mantenerte sumergido en el.
16-Dile a tu corazón que el miedo de sufrir es peor que el miedo en si mismo. Y ningún corazón ha sufrido al ir en búsqueda de su sueño.
17-Todo lo que ocurre una vez puede no ocurrir de nuevo. Pero todo lo que ocurre dos veces ocurrirá una tercera vez seguramente.
18-El amor es una trampa. Cuando aparece solo vemos sus luces, no sus sombras.
19-Cuanto más violenta es una tormenta, más rápido pasa.
21-Lo que puedo decir de todos mis personajes es que están en búsqueda de sus almas, porque son mi espejo. Soy alguien que esta constantemente en búsqueda de mi lugar en el mundo, y la literatura es la mejor forma que encuentro para verme a mi mismo.
22-Cuando escribo un libro, lo hago para mi mismo; la reacción depende del lector. No es mi asunto si a la gente le gusta o disgusta.
23-Aunque la gente feliz digan que lo son, nadie esta satisfecho: siempre tenemos que estar con la mujer más hermosa, con la casa más grande, cambiando coches, deseando lo que no tenemos.
24-Todo el mundo tiene un potencial creativo y desde el momento en que puedes expresar ese potencial creativo, puedes comenzar a cambiar el mundo.
25-No digo que el amor siempre te lleve al cielo. Tu vida se puede convertir en una pesadilla. Pero dicho esto, merece la pena tomar el riesgo.
26-Tenemos que parar y ser lo suficientemente humildes para parar y entender que hay algo llamado misterio.
28-Vamos a ser absolutamente claros sobre una cosa: no debemos confundir la humildad con falsa modestia o servilismo.
29-No fui animado a seguir la carrera de escritor porque mis padres pensaban que iba a morir de hambre. Pensaron que nadie puede ganarse la vida como escritor en Brasil.
30-Siempre estas aprendiendo. El problema es que, a veces, te paras y piensas que puedes entender el mundo. Esto no es correcto. El mundo siempre se esta moviendo. Nunca se alcanza un punto en el que puedes parar de hacer un esfuerzo.
31-Las cosas no siempre ocurren del modo en que me gustaría y es mejor que me acostumbre a eso.
32-Cuanto más en armonía estas contigo mismo, mas disfrutas y más fe tienes. La fe no te desconecta de la realidad, te conecta con ella.
34-Siempre fui una persona rica porque el dinero no esta relacionado con la felicidad.
37-Lo que me interesa en la vida es la curiosidad, los desafíos, las buenas luchas con sus victorias y derrotas.
38-Creo que la iluminación o revelación vienen en la vida diaria. Busco el disfrute, la paz de la acción. Necesitas actuar. Hubiera parado de escribir hace años si fuese por el dinero.
39-Escribir significa compartir. Es parte de la condición humana querer compartir cosas, pensamientos, ideas, opiniones.
40-Todo me dice que estoy a punto de cometer la decisión incorrecta, pero cometer errores es parte de la vida.
41-La cosa más importante en todas las relaciones humanas es la conversación, pero la gente ya no habla, no se sientan y escuchan. Van al cine, al teatro, ven la televisión, escuchan la radio, leen libros, pero casi no hablan. Si queremos cambiar el mundo, tenemos que volver al tiempo en que los guerreros se sentaban alrededor de un fuego a contar historias.
42-No importa como te sientas hoy, levántate, vístete, muéstrate.
43-No te expliques. Tus amigos no lo necesitan y tus enemigos no lo creerán.
44-Elegir un camino significa tener que olvidar otros.
45-No son las expectativas lo que nos guía hacia delante, es nuestro deseo de ir hacia delante.
46-La vida se mueve rápidamente. Nos precipita desde el cielo al infierno en cuestión de segundos.
47-A veces no tienes una segunda oportunidad y es mejor aceptar los regalos que el mundo te ofrece.
48-El barco esta más seguro anclado en el puerto, pero ese no es el cometido de los barcos.
49-Es mejor vivir como si fuera el primero y último día de mi vida.
50-Durante el sexo es muy difícil engañar a otra persona porque es cuando las personas muestran quien son realmente.
51-Es la posibilidad de tener un sueño que se convierta en realidad lo que hace a la vida interesante.
52-Cuando amamos, siempre luchamos por ser mejor de lo que somos. Cuando luchamos por ser mejor de lo que somos, todo alrededor nuestra se convierte en algo mejor.
53-El secreto de la vida es por tanto caer siete veces y levantarse ocho.
54-Las cosas simples son también las cosas más extraordinarias y solo los sabios pueden verlas.
55-Cuando alguien se va es porque alguien más esta a punto de llegar.
56-Un niño puede enseñar a un adulto tres cosas: ser feliz sin razón, siempre estar ocupado con algo y saber como demandar con toda su voluntad lo que desea.
57-Nada en el mundo esta completamente equivocado. Incluso un reloj parado esta en lo cierto dos veces al día.
58-Un día te levantarás y no habrá más tiempo para hacer las cosas que siempre quisiste. Hazlas ahora.
59-Si quieres ser exitoso tienes que respetar una regla-nunca te mientas a ti mismo.
60-Cuando repites un error, ya no es un error, es una decisión.
61-El amor se descubre a través de la práctica de amar y no de las palabras.
62-¿Cómo entra la luz en una persona? Si la puerta del amor está abierta.
63-El amor no está en otros, está dentro de nosotros mismos.
64-El amor más fuerte es aquel que puede mostrar su fragilidad.
65-Todo está permitido, menos interrumpir una manifestación de amor.
66-El amor jamás separará al hombre de su Leyenda Personal.
67-El sabio es sabio porque ama, el loco es loco porque cree entender el amor.
68-Acumular amor significa acumular suerte, acumular odio significa acumular calamidad.
69-Quien ama esperando una recompensa está perdiendo el tiempo.
70-Esto es la libertad: sentir lo que el corazón desea, independientemente de la opinión de otros.
71-Vive el presente, es lo único que tienes.
72- Todos los días Dios nos da un momento en que es posible cambiar todo lo que nos hace infelices. Ese instante mágico es el momento en que un sí o un no pueden cambiar toda nuestra existencia.
73- Nunca desistas de un sueño. Sólo trata de ver las señales que te lleven a él.
74- Sólo una cosa vuelve un sueño imposible: el miedo a fracasar.
75- Cuando todos los días parecen iguales es porque hemos dejado de percibir las cosas buenas que aparecen en nuestras vidas.
76- Haz algo en lugar de matar el tiempo. Porque el tiempo es lo que te está matando.
77- No importa lo que haga, cada persona en la tierra juega un papel central en la historia del mundo. Y normalmente no lo sabe.
78- Lo único que se interpone entre tú y tus sueños es el miedo.
79- ¿Qué quiere el mundo de mí? ¿Quiere que yo no tome ningún riesgo, para volver a donde vine porque no tuve el coraje de decir “sí” a la vida?
80- Las reuniones realmente importantes son planeadas por las almas mucho antes de que los cuerpos se encuentran.
81- Cuando crezcas, descubrirás que ya defendiste mentiras, te engañaste a ti mismo o sufriste por tonterías. Si eres un buen guerrero, no te culparás por ello, pero tampoco dejarás que tus errores se repitan.
83- Algunas veces hay que decidirse entre una cosa a la que se está acostumbrado y otra que nos gustaría conocer.
84- Sabiduría es conocer y transformar.
85- Hay un momento para dejarlo todo.
86- Los errores son una manera de reaccionar.
87- Ninguna persona es capaz de escoger sin miedo.
88- No existe pecado alguno en ser feliz.
89- Todos sabemos amar, pues hemos nacido con ese don. Algunas personas lo practican naturalmente bien, pero la mayoría tiene que reaprender, recordar cómo se ama, y todos, sin excepción, tenemos que quemarnos en la hoguera de nuestras emociones pasadas, revivir algunas alegrías y dolores, malos momentos y recuperación, hasta conseguir ver el hilo conductor que hay detrás de cada nuevo encuentro; sí, hay un hilo…
90- Cuando estamos listos para una decisión importante, todas las fuerzas se concentran para evitar que sigamos adelante. Ya estamos acostumbrados a eso.
91- Como no podemos cambiar la física, concentremos la energía extra y a si conseguiremos dar el primer paso. Después el camino mismo ayuda.
92- En todas las lenguas del mundo hay un mismo dicho: ojos que no ven, corazón que no siente.
93- Cuánto más lejos, más cerca del corazón están los sentimientos que intentamos sofocar y olvidar.
94- Todas las mañanas, Dios nos muestra su sonrisa.
95- Cada día el sol ilumina un mundo nuevo.
96- Ciertas cosas son tan importantes que necesitan ser descubiertas solas.
97- El miedo a sufrir es peor que el propio sufrimiento.
98- Donde la dureza sólo consigue destruir, la suavidad consigue esculpir.
99- Cada persona, en su existencia, puede tener dos actitudes: construir o plantar
100- Las decisiones de Dios son misteriosas, pero siempre a nuestro favor.
You may see someone who smiles all the time and does silly things but you have no idea what he is going through or what burden he carries within. People are so judgmental and you have to deal with them every single day; you must pretend that everything is fine, otherwise they are going to “delve into” info in order to learn what is going on by simply asking questions (not that they are interested in how you feel but because they want to gossip about it).
Indeed, it is really annoying, due to the fact that people do not give a f*** about you. This is just how human nature works. Personally, I do not want to give explanations to nosy people or to those with whom I work – It does not mean that we are friends because we happen to work at the same place– I know how to deal with my own problems and “demons”. As a person, I have a different perspective and angle for life; I am different from the others and so I see things with my own “theories”. I like to stay at home, watching the stars above and talking to myself without hearing any annoying voices or sounds. This is really nice, because you can handle “situations” that you are going through and work them over in your mind. Let’s say it is just like doing “self-therapy”, which I find really effective. You should give it a shot! You learn to ignore the negative vibes and focus on your problems. You may not find the solution right away, but you will feel much better.
Talking to yourself, it is not madness because it is the way we talk to God. He knows why you have to deal with this problem but you have to be patient. Everything has something to teach us and with His help you will find the way out. Think positive and be yourself no matter what. Do not forget that you are unique and you have to stay strong, move on and focus on your target.
TIP: When nosy people try to learn something about you by persistently asking questions, do not pretend that everything is fine just breathe and let it go. Do not give them the pleasure to find out the truth, just smile at them and let them imagine whatever they want. (At the end of the day, they are going to gossip about you, anyway!)
Illustration by Ken Crane
EN ESPANOL AQUI >>> El necesita tus manos
A Master and his disciple were walking through the deserts of Arabia. The Master used each moment of the journey to teach his disciple about faith.
“Entrust your things to God,” he said. “Because He never abandons His children.”
When they camped down at night, the Master asked the disciple to tie the horses to a nearby rock.
The disciple went over to the rock, but then remembered what he had learnt that afternoon. “The Master must be testing me. The truth is that I should entrust the horses to God.”
And he left the horses loose.
In the morning he discovered that the animals had run off. Indignant, he sought out the Master.
“You know nothing about God! Yesterday I learnt that I should trust blindly in Providence, so I gave the horses to Him to guard, and the animals have disappeared!”
“God wanted to look after the horses,” answered the Master. “But at that moment he needed your hands to tie them up and you did not lend them to Him.”