One of Paulo Coelho’s books, The Pilgrimage or Hac as it is called in Turkish, is freshly out in Turkish. It is not a new book. It was published in 1987. However, the Turkish edition came out only a few weeks ago. As most of his books, this one is immediately on the best-sellers list. In this book Coelho says: “By changing the way you do routine things you allow a new person to grow inside you.”
Are we really trapped inside our routines? What do we expect from life, and what to we give back to life? What are our true desires? And deepest fears? What do we not dare? What could we stand up for? What are our possibilities that we do not have the courage to look into? Life poses many questions to us; however, do we really try to find our own answers? Or do we try to live the day by a predefined set of acceptable behaviours? And what if we really did try to go out to find our unique path? Would we be facing a disaster or a miracle?
Each sentence in Coelho’s books seems to carry a lot of messages. In all of his books, he wants us to question why we came here for. What is the meaning of it all? In The Alchemist, or Veronica Decides to Die, or The Manuel of the Warrior of Light, in all of his books, he points out the importance of listening to our own heart and going after the life we were meant to live.
Without adding more thoughts of my own, I would like to continue by just quoting Coelho and this time from his book The Pilgrimage:
v “The Good Fight is the one that we fight in the name of our dreams.”
v “Don’t try to be brave when it is enough to be intelligent.”
v “An enemy always represents a weakness. This might be fear of physical pain, but it could also be a premature sense of victory or desire to abandon the fight because it is no longer worthwhile.”
v “Attacking or fleeing is a part of the struggle; being paralyzed by fear is not.”
v “The first indication that we are killing our dreams is lack of time.”
v “Man can never stop dreaming. Dreams nourish the soul just as food nourishes the body.”
v “The second indication of the death of our dreams is certainty.”
v “There is no need to climb a mountain in order to know that it is high.”
v “If only we could be enlightened enough to be able to listen in the silence.”
v “When someone wants something then they should be aware that they are taking a risk. This is precisely what makes life interesting.”
v “The road to Santiago is the road of ordinary people.”
v “A threat need not provoke a response if it is not taken up.”
v “The search for happiness is purely personal and not a model we can give to others.”
v “A faithless fan can make a team lose a game they have won.”
v “Few take up the burden of their own victory; most give up dreams when they become impossible.”
v “The third indication that our dreams are dead is peace.”
v “Time does not always pass at the same speed. We are the one who determine that speed.”
v “To teach is to show what is possible; to learn is to make yourself possible.”
v “No man is an island. To fight the Good Fight we need help.”
v “Death does not allow us to postpone all the things we can experience now.”
v “The only way to save our dreams is by being generous with ourselves.”
v “When you travel towards your objective, be sure to pay attention to the path. The path teaches us the best way to arrive.”
v “People always arrive promptly at the places where they are expected.”
v “In our obsessive wish to arrive, we often forget the most important thing, which is the journey.”
And I will conclude with one final quote from Coelho’s The Alchemist:
“It is precisely the possibility of realizing a dream that makes life more interesting.”
Coelho makes me think, feel, wish and wonder. And he definitely makes me want to dream a whole lot more. Wish you love and many happy dreams that come true.
Affirmation of the Week:
“The key to creativity is knowing that my thinking creates my experience.
I use this key in every area of my life.”
By Louise L. Hay, The Author of Life! Reflections On Your Journey.
Quote of the Week:
“Ask for guidance in all your relationships by going within to the secret that sits in the centre and knows.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“The Power of Intention” By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.
The Turkish translation of this book is available under the name “Niyet Etmenin Gücü.”