Friday, June 20, 2008

Constant Reminder !!

While reading thru some posts I came across the following piece. I couldn't believe it could be so magical for me. I am thankful to whoever wrote this and treasure it as a reminder for the rest of my life. This is an excerpt from Paulo Coelho's 'By the river Piedra I sat down and wept'.

Thanks to "Color me happy (beingthea)" for posting it on her blog.

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

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 that 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 to 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 seem 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.

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps 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 andfaith at the journey we have taken.

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when that person looks back—and at some point everyone looks back—she will hear her heart saying, "What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage: the certainty that you wasted your life"

Pitiful are the people who must realize this. Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life's magic moments will have already passed them by.


Sometimes an uncontrollable feeling of sadness grips us,he said.We recognize that the magic moment of the day has passed and that we've done nothing ahout it. Life begins to conceal its magic and its art.

We have to listen to the child we once were, the child who still exists inside us. That child understands magic moments. We can stifle its cries, but we cannot silence its voice.

The child we once were is still there. Blessed are the children, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

If we are not reborn—if we cannot learn to look at life with the innocence and the enthusiasm of childhood—it makes no sense to go on living. "


  1. Thanks for sharing this. Coelho is one of my favorite authors. He works magic through words.
    We understand everything in a context. Perhaps when you posted, you had a different set of issues in mind. Well, when I read it, I read it in the light of the battles I am fighting with myself.
    But the best thing is, listening to the child inside. LB, sometimes that child matures so badly that you dont even come to know.

  2. I keep reading this extract over and over again so as to remind myself to pay attention to that child inside and listen to it. It surely does help.
    How words have that hidden power - i wonder!!

  3. Hello!

    I'm a big fan of Paulo Coelho! You will love this! He's the first best-selling author to be distributing for free his works on his blog:

    Have a nice day!



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