I know I know… my weekly reminder fails miserably! I have been a bit busy and caught up with NYC life that I have been slacking on the blog front. My apologies… But I am back! Hopefully I will write more frequently this time. Anyhu!!! It’s about that time again… Time for another book review! I haven’t been slacking on my reading don’t worry; today we shall have a look at another one of my favorite authors- Paulo Coelho’s Manuscript Found in Accra.
Paulo Coelho, as Im sure all of you know, is a world renowned author most famous for his masterpiece novel, The Alchemist. Coelho has a style of writing that differs from the general story-telling like narrative. He speaks/writes in a way that is so in depth, so insightful, and so engaging. His books are not only stories but stories with lessons to be learnt, goals to be made and visions to be had. In his latest work, Manuscript Found in Accra, Coelho tells the story of one wise man in Jerusalem who seemed to be calm in the face of the invasion Jerusalem was undergoing at the time. He summons the people to keep them calm by telling them not to fear, answering all their fear filled questions one by one with very meaningful responses that today are human values that have been experienced and taught from one generation to the next.
I really enjoyed this book as it provided me with many life lessons I had not heard of before and those that I knew of, I took as a reminder of what I need to practice and what I need to ignore. As a result I have compiled a list of some of these life lessons Coelho talks about that cover various aspects of our lives. These are just some that resonated with me so hopefully they shall resonate with you all as well:
-But if victory is not yours this time, it will be next time. And if not the next time, then the time after that. The important thing is to get back on your feet. Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.
-Wait patiently for the right moment to act. Do not let the next opportunity slip by you. Take pride in your scars.
-Without solitude, Love will not stay long by your side. Because Love needs to rest, so that it can journey through the heavens and reveal itself in other forms.
-Solitude is not the absence of Love, but its complement. Solitude is not the absence of company, but the moment when our soul is free to speak to us and help us decide what to do with our life.
-If you are never alone, you cannot know yourself. And if you do not know yourself, you will begin to fear the void.
-In solitude, they will discover the love that might otherwise have arrived unnoticed. In solitude, they will understand and respect the love that left them.
-In solitude, they will be able to decide whether it is worth asking that lost love to come back or if they should simply let it go and set off along a new path.
-In solitude, they will learn that saying no does not always show a lack of generosity, and that saying yes is not always a virtue.
-For those who feel oppressed by solitude, it’s important to remember that in life’s most significant moments we are always alone.
-Just as Love is the divine condition, so solitude is the human condition. And for those who understand the miracle of life, those two states peacefully coexist.
On Feeling Useless
-Everything has a reason to exist.
-Walk neither faster nor slower than your own soul, because it is your soul that will teach you the usefulness of each step you take.
-Sometimes taking part in a great battle will be the thing that will help to change the course of history. But sometimes you can do that simply by smiling for no reason, at someone you happen to pass on the street. Without intending to, you might have saved the life of a complete stranger, who also thought he was useless and might have been ready to kill himself until a smile gave him a new hope and confidence.
-Do one thing: Live the life you always wanted to live. Avoid criticizing others and concentrate on fulfilling your dreams. This may not seem very important to you, but God, who sees all, knows that the example you give is helping Him to improve the world. And each day, He will bestow more blessings upon it.
-Dreaming carries no risks. The dangerous thing is trying to transform your dreams into reality.
-Instead of spending your whole life destroying the roads you were afraid of following, you begin to love the road you are on.
-And to those who believe that adventures are dangerous, I say, try routine; that kills you far more quickly.
-Pity those who think: ‘I am not beautiful. That’s why Love has not knocked at my door.’ In fact, Love did knock, but when they opened the door, they weren’t prepared to welcome Love in.
-They were too busy to make themselves beautiful first, when, in fact, they were fine as they were.
-They were trying to imitate others, when Love was looking for something original.
-They were trying to reflect what came from outside, forgetting that the brightest light comes from within.
-Love is an act of faith, not an exchange.
-It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
-Love is only a word, until we decide to let it possess us with all its force.
-Love is only a word, until someone arrives to give it meaning.
-Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the key ring that opens the door.
For the Survivors
-You will be loved and respected only if you love and respect yourself. Never try to please everyone; if you do, you will be respected by no one.
-Seek friends and alies among people who believe in what they are doing and in who they are.
-Stay close to those who are afraid to be vulnerable, because they have confidence in themselves and know that, at some point in our lives, we all stumble; they do not interpret this as a sign of weakness, but of humanity.
-No matter how you are feeling, get up every morning and prepare to let your light shine forth. Those with eyes to see will see your light and be enchanted by it.
-The simplest things in life are the most extraordinary. Let them reveal themselves.
-Arrogance attracts hatred and envy. Elegance arouses respect and love.
-Success comes to those who do not waste time comparing what they are doing with what others are doing; it enters the house of the person who says “I will do my best” every day.
-The truly rich person is the one who is in contact with the energy of Love every second of his existence.
-What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace.
-Although anxiety is part of life, never let it control you.
On the Future
-Many of us believe that we will hurt those we love if we leave everything behind in the name of our dreams. But those who truly want the best for us want us to be happy, even if they can’t understand what we are doing, and even if, at first, they try to stop us from going ahead by means of threats, promises, and tears.
-When you forgive, the person who insulted you feels humbled in his error and becomes loyal.
-Let us then, be masters of our tongues and not slaves of our words.
-Loyalty is a pearl among grains of sand, and only those who really understand its meaning can see it.
-Man is not defined by earthly battles, because just as the wind changes direction, so do luck and victory.
-We always meet rivals in everything we do, but the most dangerous are those we believe to be our friends.
-Never repay hatred with hatred, but with justice.
This may seem like a lot but there’s a whole lot more where that came from:) Have a blessed week folks, if you do get a copy of Paulo Coelho’s book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.