This is an excerpt from Coelho’s famous book ‘Like the flowing river’ that I think I would like to remember for ever. So I am typing it out. It is from the article ‘The Art Of Trying’. I know my blog is looking like a Coelho book of late, but I can’t help it. His writing is captivating and thought-provoking. I can truly relate to his philosophy. I read this piece and I could only say ‘Wow’! Here goes:
When we decide to act, some excesses may occur. An old culinary adage says : “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.” It is also natural that unexpected conflicts should arise, and it is natural that wounds may be inflicted during those conflicts. The wounds pass, and only the scars remain.
This is a blessing. These scars stay with us throughout our life and are very helpful. If, at some point – simply because it would make our life easier, or for whatever other reason – the desire to return to the past becomes very great, we need only look at those scars. They are the marks left by our handcuffs, and will remind us of the horrors of prison, and we will keep walking straight ahead.
So, relax. Let the universe move around you and discover the joy of surprising yourself. “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise,” says St. Paul.
A warrior of light often finds that certain moments repeat themselves. He is often faced by the same problems and situations and, seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making progress in life.
“I’ve been through all this before,” he says to his heart.
“Yes, you’ve been through all this before,” replies his heart. “But you have never been beyond it.”
Then the warrior realises that these repeated experiences have but one aim : to teach him what he has not yet learned. He always finds a different solution for each repeated battle, and he does not consider his failures to be mistakes but, rather, as steps along the path to a meeting with himself.