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Sharing wisdom from Paulo Coelho

There is so much wisdom in this writing. There will be parts that will resonate with you, give it a read.


One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through.
Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?
You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened.

You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that.
But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister.
Everyone is finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away.

That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home.

Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.
Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them.

Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose.
Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood.

Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.”

Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back.
Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.
This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life.

Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust.

Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.”

Paulo Coelho

2 thoughts on “Sharing wisdom from Paulo Coelho

  1. Happy birthday Hari, belated wishes. How proud that child will be when he reads these notes! If he is not already reading them that is. 🙂

    I loved the Christmas tree, we didn’t put a tree this year, we were traveling. I am always changing things around. But I love the story you narrated, experiences stick – both good and bad. Of course as a parent it is our responsibility to practice and teach (through our own personal practice) to let go of the good and the bad. Am glad he brought it up and even though it made you stop and think, for him the charge is gone or has decreased because he spoke of it instead of suppressing it. That shows what a happy environment you provide him with – to speak his words without qualm or formality.

    Congrats on your ten years at work, I can still see a tug of war – not sure if I am reading too much between the lines – but I love how you balance family and work and learn from each. It is something I envy you for. Proud of you!

    2015 is gone indeed – loved the word discipline. Of course detox is equally interesting. I think mine has stayed “practice” for a long time. And I constantly try to use “detachment” along with it. Abhyasa and Vairagya in Sanskrit terms. Will take me a long time – lifetimes perhaps – to practice. But like you I am learning so much each new day.

    Paulo Coelho read my mind to some extend. Or maybe I read his – my thoughts reflected his at the end of last year. Let go of the past, forget the future, live the present. Thrive this moment…happy 2016, dear friend!

    1. Thanks for this beautiful and descriptive comment UL. Read it a couple of times – you are so wise!

      On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 12:52 PM, Thoughts Unlimited wrote:


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