By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept – Paulo Coelho

I’ve just started reading this book and thought I’d write down my thoughts as I went.  There’s a great page of thoughts early on that focuses on the “magic moment” each day in which we have the ability to change the things that makes us unhappy.  Most people see every day as being the same, but Coelho says every day is different and that those who are looking will see the magic moments and start taking advantage of them.

“Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments – but all this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark.  And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.”

Truly, those people who embrace their journey and seek out adventure and change, are the ones that spend the last years of their lives smiling.  When you talk with old people, there are those who seem a little sad and those who seem to be holding some secret, always with a half smile on their face.

5 Responses to By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept – Paulo Coelho

  1. Aart May 21, 2007 at 8:36 pm #

    While surfing in the net I discovered your profile and I also love the work of Paulo Coelho!!!! Do you know that he is launching his new book, The Witch of Portobello, through his blog
    I found it out because i’m inscibed to his newsletter
    it’s simply wonderful!
    have a nice day!

  2. Matt Langdon May 21, 2007 at 8:47 pm #

    I didn’t know that, but I will definitely have a look. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Thanks also for letting me know he has a blog. I’ll be certainly looking at that.

  3. Ranch Kid May 22, 2007 at 5:33 pm #

    i’ve been meaning to tell you to read The Journey by Coelho for some time now.

  4. Matt Langdon May 22, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    I’ll make it the next one. I just bought The Zahir.

  5. Jz. June 7, 2007 at 11:36 pm #

    some really awesome things i learnt…
    many things i can relate to