Waking up to Wisdom
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Courage to Try the Impossible

--by Paulo Coelho (Feb 19, 2007)

"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you'll never have to fear an unanticipated blow."

The boy continued to listen to his heart as they crossed the desert. He came to understand its dodges and tricks, and to accept it as it was. He lost his fear, and forgot about his need to go back to the oasis, because, one afternoon, his heart told him that it was happy. "Even though I complain sometimes," it said, "it's because I'm the heart of a person, and people's hearts are that way. People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they'll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of moments that could have been good but weren't, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly.

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."

"Every second of the search is an encounter with God," the boy told his heart. "When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I've known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I've discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible ...

--Paulo Coelho

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On Mar 6, 2007 Deborah wrote:
Hi all, went camping in a very remote place this weekend (9 adults & 6 kids). The heavens opened and it poured down for 12 hours non-stop. The tents leaked and we were sopping with no dry clothes. Could have been an absolute disaster BUT we put an umbrella over the fire to cook food, we all stood under a tiny gazebo with black plastic bags on, the kids kept themselves occupied in the tent and I realised that I hadn't laughed that much for a long time. The acceptance of our situation and making the most of it was an experience that I won't forget in a hurry, not to mention the bonding that took place with very dear friends. Thank you Universe, for that experience.

On Mar 6, 2007 Asma Raheem wrote:
Adversity brings out the best in man. So realize the importance of suffering and meet it headlong.

On Mar 1, 2007 Ami wrote:
This thought comes at the right time. As we´re traveling through Central America, we see our itinerary changing often and we´re trying to change it according to how we feel and trying to listen to our hearts. Thanks!

On Mar 1, 2007 Kim wrote:
To Diaen who wrote "I fear suffering because I have suffered ..... my quest now is to release the fear and to live life unafraid" on Feb 25th...

Diaen all there is to do is put your past back in your past. The suffering happened then and then is where the suffering belongs - not here in your present. The most powerful way to do this is participate in a course called the Landmark Forum ( Please consider it - I got my life out of it. A life without fear. I life I create. A life I love. I don't know you yet I want that for you. My best to you on your quest.

On Feb 25, 2007 Diaen wrote:
I fear suffering because I have suffered ..... my quest now is to release the fear and to live life unafraid

On Feb 21, 2007 Trishna wrote:
"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say." The opening lines of this week's thought strike a chord -- really appreciate the reflection a passage like this inspires!

On Feb 20, 2007 meredith wrote:
It's all about the journey and the appreciation along the way, isn't it?

On Feb 20, 2007 yossi wrote:
No Fear....Faith-Love-Hope

On Feb 17, 2007 nisha wrote:
I would like to observe closely instances where I fear suffering this week.

On Feb 14, 2007 Conrad Pritscher wrote:
After reading this I think of Ghandi's quote ( which probably came from Nipun and Viral),"If you don't see God in the next person you meet it is a waste of time looking for him further,"
I also think of Thomas Merton's quote which I just read:""Zen: not abstract at all in the way I see it. I use it for idol-cracking and things like that. Healthy way of keeping one's house clean. Gets the dust out quicker than anything else I know. I am not talking about purity, just breathing, and not piling up the mental junk."
Peace to all.