Like the flowing river

Posted: April 27, 2011 in people
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I had recently finished reading “Like the Flowing River”, a collection of life’s reflection and thought from Paulo Coelho. Perhaps, some of us knew Paulo is the author behind some of the best sellers novels such as “The Alchemist”, “Brida”, and other numerous titles.

This work presents the story of Ghengis Khan and the Falcon that teaches about the danger of anger, as well as the beauty of a friendship. He also told a story about Manuel, an ordinary man who had spent his whole life busy working..  Which taught us that a work can be a blessing if it help us to think about the meaning of life, but in the other hand, it can also become a curse when its solely use is to keep us busy to truly understand the purpose of life.

There are bunches of other short story of which Paulo tried to show us how life has lessons for us in the greatest, smallest and most unusual of experiences.

Anyway.. after reading this book, i am instantly became one of his fans.

For me, Paulo is spreading a very positive energy and optimism attitude that we all need. Here is a few of his quotes that i am very fond of and would like to share it with y’all :

  • “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?”
  • “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.
  • “I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”
  • “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”

Ok, thats all folks!


– N – writing this post with the background music of Luciano Pavarotti


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