08 October 2008

It is what it is.

people do not think very much about death. they spend their lives worrying about absurdities; they put things off, and fail to notice important moments. they don't take risks, because they think it's dangerous. they complain a lot, but are afriad to take action. they want everything to change, but they themselves refuse to change.

if they thought a little more about death, they would never forget to make that much-postponed phone call. they would be a little crazier. they would not be afraid of this incarnation coming to an end, because you cannot fear something that is going to happen anyway.

the indians say: 'today is a good day as any to leave this world.' and a wise man once said: 'death is always sitting by your side so that, when you need to do something important, it will give you the strenth and the courage that you need.'

i hope that you, dear reader, have got this far. it would be foolish to be frightened by death, because all of us, sooner or later, are going to die. and only those who accept this fact are prepared for life.

-a quotation off Coelho's "Like The Flowing River";
short story number 46, entitled "Living Your Own Legend".


this is why i can never stop loving Coelho's work. his message is so clear and beautifully poetic, i smile after every story. : )

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tiff pan said...

true.thanks for posting up that excerpt from the book.i have yet to read more paul cohelo's works.: )