So it’s official! I’m done taking undergraduate classes! With exactly 8 days to graduation, there is a lot on my mind, and a lot I would love to share about this AMAZING journey. But, everything’s a brewing storm of emotions at the moment, so I’ll wait until after graduation, when everything seeps in, and then I’ll make that post. 

For now… I absolutely adore Paulo Coelho. His books are so inspiring, real and simple. I love the simplicity of his writing and I am always motivated by his words. I came across one of his works, and apparently, there’s a free download of this one “Maktub” and some of this other stuff on his official website: 

Here are some of my favorite exercepts from his work “Maktub” (which means “It is written” in Arabic.”) They are a whole bunch, so I will post them in installments of ten. Enjoy!

1. Do not always try to be consistent.  Saint Paul, after all, said, “The wisdom of the world is madness in the eyes of God.”   To be consistent is always to wear a tie that matches one’s socks.  It is to have the same opinions tomorrow as one has today. And the movement of the planet?  Where is it? So long as you do no harm to another, change your opinion once in a while.  Contradict yourself without being embarrassed. This is your right.  It doesn’t matter what others think — because that’s what they will think, in any case. So, relax.  Let the universe move about.  Discover the joy of surprising yourself.  “God selected the crazy things on the earth so as to embarrass the wise men,” said Saint Paul.

2. The master says: “Today would be a good day for doing something out of the ordinary.  We could, for example, dance through the streets on our way to work. Look directly into the eyes of a stranger, and speak of love at first sight.  Give the boss an idea that may seem ridiculous, an idea we’ve never mentioned before.  The Warriors of the Light allow themselves such days. “Today, we could cry over some ancient injustices that still stick in our craw.  We could phone someone we vowed never to speak to again (but from whom we would love to receive a message on the answering machine).  Today could be considered a day outside the script that we write every morning. “Today, any fault will be permitted and forgiven.  Today is a day to enjoy life.”

3. The master says:  “Make use of every blessing that God gave you today.  A blessing cannot be saved.  There is no bank where we can deposit blessings received, to use them when we see fit.  If you do not use them, they will be irretrievably lost. “God knows that we are creative artists when it comes to our lives.  On one day, he gives us clay for sculpting, on another, brushes and canvas, or a pen.  But we can never use clay on our canvas, nor pens in sculpture. “Each day has its own miracle.  Accept the blessings, work, and create your minor works of art today.   “Tomorrow you will receive others.”

4. The master says: “Many people are fearful of happiness.  For such persons, to be content in life means they must change a number of their habits — and lose their sense of identity.  “Often we become indignant at the good things that befall us.  We do not accept them, because to do so causes us to feel that we are in God’s debt. ” “We think: ‘Better not to drink from the chalice of happiness, because, when it is empty, we will suffer greatly.’  “Out of a fear of shrinking, we fail to grow. Out of a fear of weeping, we fail to laugh.”

5. We are all concerned with taking action, doing things, resolving problems, providing for others.  We are always trying to plan something, conclude something else, discover a third. There is nothing wrong with that — after all, that is how we build and modify the world.  But the act of Adoration is also a part of life. To stop from time to time, to escape one’s self, and to stand silent before the Universe. To kneel down, body and soul.  Without asking for something, without thinking, without even giving thanks for anything.  Just to experience the warmth of the love that surrounds us.  At such moments, unexpected tears may appear — tears neither of happiness nor sadness.  Do not be surprised at that.  It is a gift.  The tears are cleansing your soul.

 6. While the master was traveling to spread the word of God, the house in which he lived with his disciples burned down.   “He entrusted the house to us, and we didn’t take proper care,” said one of the disciples.  They immediately began to rebuild on what remained after the fire, but the master returned earlier than expected, and saw what they were doing. “So, things are looking up: a new house,” he said happily. One of the disciples, embarrassed, told him what had actually happened; that where they had all lived together had been consumed by fire.  “I don’t understand,” said the master.  “What I am seeing is men who have faith in life, beginning a new chapter.  Those who have lost everything they owned are in a better position than many others, because, from that moment on, things can only improve.”

7. The master says:  “If you are traveling the road of your dreams, be committed to it.  Do not leave an open door to be used as an excuse such as, ‘Well, this isn’t exactly what I wanted.’  Therein are contained the seeds of defeat. “Walk your path.  Even if your steps have to be uncertain, even if you know that you could be doing it better.  If you accept your possibilities in the present, there is no doubt that you will improve in the future.  But if you deny that you have limitations, you will never be rid of them. “Confront your path with courage, and don’t be afraid of the criticism of others.  And, above all, don’t allow yourself to become paralyzed by self-criticism.      “God will be with you on your sleepless nights, and will dry your tears with His love.  God is for the valiant.”

8. We go out into the world in search of our dreams and ideals.  Often we make inaccessible that which is within our reach.  When we realize the error, we feel we have wasted our time, seeking in the distance what was close at hand.  We blame ourselves for making such a mistake, for our useless search and for the problems we have caused. The master says:     “Although the treasure may be buried in your house, you will find it only if you leave in search of it.  If Peter had not experienced the pain of rejection, he would not have been chosen as the head of the Church.  If the prodigal son had not abandoned everything, he would not have been given a feast by his father. “There are certain things in our lives that carry a seal that says: ‘You will appreciate my value only after you have lost me…and recovered me.’  It does no good to try to shorten the path.”

9. In a bar in a remote village in Spain, close to the city of Olite, there is a sign placed there by the owner.  “Just as I succeeded in finding all the answers, all the questions changed.” The master says: “We are always concerned with finding answers.  We feel that answers are important to understand what life means. “It is more important to live fully, and allow time to reveal to us the secrets of our existence.  If we are too concerned with making sense of life, we prevent nature from acting, and we become unable to read God’s signs.”

10. The master says: “Notice how certain words were formed so as to show their meaning clearly.     “Let us take the word “preoccupation.”  It can be divided in two: “pre” and “occupation.”  It means to occupy oneself with something before it happens. “Who, in the entire universe, could have the gift of occupying himself with a thing that has not yet happened? Never be preoccupied.  Be attentive to your destiny and to your path.  Learn everything you need to know in order to handle the bright sword entrusted to you.  Pay attention to how your friends, your masters and your enemies fight. “Train yourself sufficiently, but do not commit the worst of errors: believing that you know what kind of blow your adversary is going to deliver.”

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