Coelho-ism

By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept
by Paulo Coelho

Wait. This was the first lesson I learned about love. The day drags along, you make thousands of plans, you imagine every possible conversation, you promise to change your behavior in certain ways – and you feel more and more anxious until your loved one arrives. But by then, you don’t know what to say. The hours of waiting have been transformed into tension, the tension has become fear, and the fear makes you embarrassed about showing affection.

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Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments – but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.

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I could have. What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but didn’t. The magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.

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One doesn’t love in order to do what is good or to help or to protect someone. If we act that way, we are perceiving the other as a simple object, and we seeing ourselves as wise and generous persons. This has nothing to do with love. To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover in that other the spark of God.

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You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.

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Every day, God gives us the sun – and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived the moment, that it doesn’t exist – that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention in their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seems the same to us. But that moment exists – a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.

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A fall from the third floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.

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Love perseveres. It’s men who change.

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“I am going to sit here with you by the river. If you go home to sleep, I will sleep in front of your house. And if you go away, I will follow you – until you tell me to go away. Then I’ll leave. But I have to love you for the rest of my life.”

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Lines above are from the book “By the River Piedra I sat down and wept” by Paulo Coelho, the first love story I ever read. It isn’t even your typical romantic story. It’s a story of a young woman who fell in love with her childhood sweetheart. The problem, however, is the guy is committed- to God that is. He happens to be a spiritual teacher, a clergy in the making. So how does one compete in that situation? Difficult, isn’t it?

It’s the reason why I read the book. I’m quite intrigued how the story will unfold. And despite a love story core, the book isn’t as cheesy as Nicholas Sparks’. It’s more poetic in every way, even the love-making (sex) part. Descriptive and yet poetic.

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