This week’s “Seven Ways” is brought to you with the help of Mr. Paulo Coelho. I’ve just wrapped up reading The Pilgrimage, which has been a lovely and quite enjoyable tale. The following quotes are from the book, which I highly recommend.
- “Don’t start creating fantasies in a world that is already extraordinary.” While Sci-Fi novels and Hollywood blockbusters help coax our inner child or imaginations out to play, we shouldn’t disregard or ignore the incredible things in this life that actually exist. Can you believe this creature is a real deal?
- “Death is our constant companion, and it is death that gives each person’s life it’s true meaning.” Knowing that our time here is limited inspires and encourages people to live life to the fullest. Because we know our time will eventually run out, we create bucket lists and enforce sayings such as “Carpe Diem.” Life is beautiful and precious because our days are like grains of sand in an hourglass.
- “Don’t worry about the ghosts of the dead.” Let bygones be bygones. Yesterday is a thing of the past, and while it’s important to learn from situations and experiences we’ve overcome, it can be a huge waste of time and energy to dwell on circumstances that are dead and gone that we have no power or control over.
- “The only way to make the right decision is to know what the wrong decision is…You have to examine the other path, without fear and without being morbid, then decide.” Process of illumination. Knowing what you don’t want allows you to figure out what it is that you do want.
- “Everything I have taught you, including agape, makes sense only if you are satisfied with yourself.” It doesn’t matter who you’re with, where you are or what you’re doing; If you are at peace with yourself, everything seems to align beautifully.
- “Didn’t I tell you? Once a problem is solved, its simplicity is amazing.” When we are faced with something new, we may have trouble opening ourselves up. With enough patience, understanding and/or trial and error, we can chip away at troubles we are faced with, and look back to see that most things are much easier than we make them out to be.
- “On the Road to Santiago, and in life itself, wisdom has value only if it helps us to overcome some obstacle.” Of course, to some people, simply knowing is enough of an accomplishment, but being able to offer aid or assistance, overcome a situation or put that knowledge to good use can be a significantly richer experience.
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