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    Don’t scold the Lover

    by PAULO COELHO on OCTOBER 28, 2011
    Moses heard a shepherd on the road praying:
    “Lord, where are you? I want to help you, to fix your shoes and comb your hair. I want to wash your clothes and pick the lice off.
    “I want to bring you milk to kiss your little hands and feet when it’s time for you to go to bed.
    “I want to sweep your room and keep it neat. God, my sheep and goats are yours. ”

    “Who are you talking to?” Moses could stand it no longer.
    “Only something that grows needs milk. Only some one with feet needs shoes. Not G’d!”

    The shepherd repented and tore his clothes and sighed and wandered out into the desert.



    A sudden revelation came then to Moses.

    “You have separated me from one of my own.
    “Did you come as a Prophet to unite, or to sever?
    “I have given each being a separate and unique way of seeing and knowing and saying that knowledge.
    “What seems wrong to you is right for him.

    “What is poison to one is honey to someone else.
    “Purity and impurity, sloth and diligence in worship, these mean nothing to me.
    “I am apart from all that. Ways of worshiping are not to be ranked as better or worse than one another.
    “It’s not me that’s glorified in acts of worship. It’s the worshipers!
    “I don’t hear the words they say. I look inside at the humility.

    “Forget phraseology. I want burning, burning. Be friends with your burning.
    “Burn up your thinking and your forms of expression!
    “Lovers who burn are another.

    “Don’t scold the Lover. The “wrong” way he talks is better than a hundred “right” ways of others.
    “When you look in a mirror, you see yourself, not the state of the mirror.
    “The flute player puts breath into a flute, and who makes the music?
    “Not the flute. The flute player!

    “Whenever you speak praise or thanksgiving to Me, it’s always like this dear shepherd’s simplicity.”

    from Rumi’s “Moses and the Sheperd”, translated by Coleman Barks
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    After the Deluge

    by PAULO COELHO on OCTOBER 23,


    At the end of the forty days of deluge, Noah came out of the ark. He was filled with hope, but all he found outside was death and destruction.

    Noah protested:

    “Almighty God, if You knew the future, why did You create man? Just for the pleasure of punishing him?”

    A triple perfume rose up into the sky: incense, the perfume of Noah’s tears, and the aroma of his actions. Then God replied:

    “The prayers of a just man are always heard. I will tell you why I did this: so that you will understand your work.
    “You and your descendents will always be rebuilding a world which came from nothing – and in this way we share the work and the consequences.
    “Now we are all responsible.”
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    Prayer of Forgiveness ( Aleph)

    by PAULO COELHO on NOVEMBER 30, 2010


    Hilal and I, 2006
    Hilal searches for inspiration on the golden walls, the columns, the people coming at this hour of the morning, the flames of the lit candles.

    - I forgive the girl I was, not because I want to become a saint but because I do not want to endure this hatred. This tiresome hatred.

    This was not what I expected.
    - You may not forgive everyone and everything, but forgive me.
    - I forgive everything and everyone. I forgive you because I love you and you do not love me. I forgive you because you reject me and I am losing my power.

    She closes her eyes and raises her hands towards the ceiling.

    - I am liberated from hatred by means of forgiveness and love. I understand that suffering, when it cannot be avoided, helps me to advance towards glory.

    Hilal speaks softly but the acoustics of the church are so perfect that everything she says seems to echo throughout the four corners. But my experience tells me that she is channelling the spirit of a child.

    The tears I shed, I forgive.
    The suffering and disappointments, I forgive.
    The betrayals and lies, I forgive.
    The slandering and scheming, I forgive.
    The hatred and persecution, I forgive.
    The punches that were given, I forgive.
    The shattered dreams, I forgive.
    The dead hopes, I forgive.
    The disaffection and jealousy, I forgive.
    The indifference and ill will, I forgive.
    The injustice in the name of justice, I forgive.
    The anger and mistreatment, I forgive.
    The neglect and oblivion, I forgive.
    The world with all its evil, I forgive.

    She lowers her arms, opens her eyes and places her hands on her face.
    I move closer to kiss her, but she makes a signal with her hands.
    - I have not finished yet.
    She closes her eyes and looks up.

    Grief and resentment, I replace with understanding and agreement.
    Revolt, I replace with music that comes from my violin.
    Pain I replace with oblivion.
    Revenge, I replace with victory.

    I will be able to love above all discontentment.
    To give even when I am stripped of everything.
    To work happily even when I find myself in the midst of all obstacles.
    To dry tears even when I am still crying.
    To believe even when I am discredited.

    She opens her eyes, puts her hands on my head and says with an authority that comes from above:

    - Thy will be done. Thy will be done.

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    Crabs in a bucket

    by PAULO COELHO on OCTOBER 19, 2011

    Early evening was one of my favorite times to walk the beach with my mom and my older brothers. We were all clean and fed and slightly sun weary but still desperate to be outside. So, we would grab flashlights, dip nets and a bucket and search the ocean’s edge for crabs.

    More often than not, as a crab would begin to inch its way higher to the edge of the bucket, the other crabs would latch on to him and pull him back down.
    I watched this scenario play out again and again, year after year.

    Fast forward to this morning. As I was drinking my coffee and perusing my twitter stream, and up pops @paul0coelho (He wrote The Alchemist, one of my all time favorite books): “Only mediocrity is safe. Get ready to be attacked, and be the best.”

    I did a quick google search and discovered that “Crab Mentality” is actually an official phrase that roughly means “if I can’t have it, neither can you.”
    And it is talked about. A lot.

    So now I’m thinking about the Escaping Mediocrity journey with this lens.
    There will always be people who will subtly or not so subtly try to keep us from escaping. Why?
    Because our escape threatens their mediocre existence.
    Pulling us down, sabotaging our efforts, picking apart our brilliant ideas – all of that keeps them feeling safe. And living undisturbed mediocre lives.

    So what if we added a new piece to the crab mentality picture?
    Imagine a crab, or a group of crabs on the other side of the bucket building a ladder to aid your escape. They managed to crawl out of the bucket in spite of all the energetic attempts to pull them backwards.
    Because they’ve tasted freedom and they know your struggle, they are putting energy into aiding and abetting your escape.

    I believe that for those of us determined to get out of the bucket, such a group exists. It may take some time to find them, but they are there, ready throw a safety rope over the edge and pull us out.

    Start listening for them. Start looking for them. They are there. Reach just a little further and they’ll meet you at the edge of the bucket.
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    Killing our dreams

    by PAULO COELHO on JULY 31, 2010

    The first symptom of the process of our killing our dreams is the lack of time. The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the Good Fight.

    The second symptom of the death of our dreams lies in our certainties. Because we don’t want to see life as a grand adventure, we begin to think of ourselves as wise and fair and correct in asking so little of life. We look beyond the walls of our day-to-day existence, and we hear the sound of lances breaking, we smell the dust and the sweat, and we see the great defeats and the fire in the eyes of the warriors. But we never see the delight, the immense delight in the hearts of those who are engaged in the battle. For them, neither victory nor defeat is important; what’s important is only that they are fighting the Good Fight.

    And, finally, the third symptom of the passing of our dreams is peace. Life becomes a Sunday afternoon; we ask for nothing grand, and we cease to demand anything more than we are willing to give. In that state, we think of ourselves as being mature; we put aside the fantasies of our youth, and we seek personal and professional achievement. We are surprised when people our age say that they still want this or that out of life. But really, deep in our hearts, we know that what has happened is that we have renounced the battle for our dreams – we have refused to fight the Good Fight.

    When we renounce our dreams and find peace, we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being.
    We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. That’s when illnesses and psychoses arise. What we sought to avoid in combat – disappointment and defeat – come upon us because of our cowardice.

    And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death. It’s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of our Sunday afternoons
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    Manual for climbing mountains

    by PAULO COELHO on AUGUST 11, 2010

    A] Choose the mountain you want to climb: don’t pay attention to what other people say, such as “that one’s more beautiful” or “this one’s easier”. You’ll be spending lots of energy and enthusiasm to reach your objective, so you’re the only one responsible and you should be sure of what you’re doing.

    B] Know how to get close to it: mountains are often seen from far off – beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But what happens when we try to draw closer? Roads run all around them, flowers grow between you and your objective, what seemed so clear on the map is tough in real life. So try all the paths and all the tracks until eventually one day you’re standing in front of the top that you yearn to reach.

    C] Learn from someone who has already been up there: no matter how unique you feel, there is always someone who has had the same dream before you and ended up leaving marks that can make your journey easier; places to hang the rope, trails, broken branches to make the walking easier. The climb is yours, so is the responsibility, but don’t forget that the experience of others can help a lot.

    D] When seen up close, dangers are controllable: when you begin to climb the mountain of your dreams, pay attention to the surroundings. There are cliffs, of course. There are almost imperceptible cracks in the mountain rock. There are stones so polished by storms that they have become as slippery as ice. But if you know where you are placing each footstep, you will notice the traps and how to get around them.

    E] The landscape changes, so enjoy it: of course, you have to have an objective in mind – to reach the top. But as you are going up, more things can be seen, and it’s no bother to stop now and again and enjoy the panorama around you. At every meter conquered, you can see a little further, so use this to discover things that you still had not noticed.

    F] Respect your body: you can only climb a mountain if you give your body the attention it deserves. You have all the time that life grants you, as long as you walk without demanding what can’t be granted. If you go too fast you will grow tired and give up half way there. If you go too slow, night will fall and you will be lost. Enjoy the scenery, take delight in the cool spring water and the fruit that nature generously offers you, but keep on walking.

    G] Respect your soul: don’t keep repeating “I’m going to make it”. Your soul already knows that, what it needs is to use the long journey to be able to grow, stretch along the horizon, touch the sky. An obsession does not help you at all to reach your objective, and even ends up taking the pleasure out of the climb. But pay attention: also, don’t keep saying “it’s harder than I thought”, because that will make you lose your inner strength.

    H] Be prepared to climb one kilometer more:
    the way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don’t fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far. But since you were prepared to go beyond, this is not really a problem.

    I] Be happy when you reach the top: cry, clap your hands, shout to the four winds that you did it, let the wind – the wind is always blowing up there – purify your mind, refresh your tired and sweaty feet, open your eyes, clean the dust from your heart. It feels so good, what was just a dream before, a distant vision, is now part of your life, you did it!

    J] Make a promise: now that you have discovered a force that you were not even aware of, tell yourself that from now on you will use this force for the rest of your days. Preferably, also promise to discover another mountain, and set off on another adventure.

    L] Tell your story:
    yes, tell your story! Give your example. Tell everyone that it’s possible, and other people will then have the courage to face their own mountains.
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    The fisherman and the businessman

    by PAULO COELHO on SEPTEMBER 8, 2010


    There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village.
    As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish.
    The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”
    The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”
    “Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.
    “This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.
    The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”
    The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

    The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.
    “I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”

    The fisherman continues, “And after that?”
    The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”
    The fisherman asks, “And after that?”
    The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”
    The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
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    The magic moment

    by PAULO COELHO on NOVEMBER 7, 2011
    “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.”
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