I am quoting this from one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors. Paulo Coelho’s “By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept” is a simple but awe inspiring book.

Everytime I read this, I feel like sharing it… and hence, I am blogging about it today.
“Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when that person looks back – and at some point everyone looks back – she will hear her heart saying, “What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days? What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you? You buried yourself in a cave because you were fearful of losing those talents. So this is your heritage: the certainty that you wasted your life”

Pitiful are people who must realize this. Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life’s magic moments will have already passed them by.”


I’m not going to justify my liking for it. All I’m going to say is that living my life the way I do, I think that this is a vital truth of life and this world. If I read on from where I quoted this, it talks about our inner child and how that child understands the magical moments and miracles of life. It talks about the sadness that sometimes suddenly grips us because deep down we know that our day’s magic moment has passed and we failed to do anything with it… it is all about letting that inner child stay with us because if we are in touch with this child, we are in touch with life.

That moment doesn’t come back but it brings with it joy. So, to me, not taking risks is a bigger risk than taking any because who knows what we are missing on right this moment? Yes, it may not be all good, but would you rather live with the regret of not knowing?

Just live and do what your heart says… because that is what counts in the end.