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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.

Paulo Coelho, has managed to get my attention once again. One of his most famous and most inspirational works is The Alchemist, and although it was not the first book by him that I read, a quote from it guided my life for quite some time.

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

This line has kept me going at times when I believed failure was awaiting me and it has helped me make some big decisions in life. Although it guided my life for a while, I lost it somewhere while running this crazy rat race. In fact, this quote and “signs” helped me be certain of my decision to study in USA…

I had entirely forgotten about this quote and my thoughts were leading my life in a strange direction. But, something that happened today brought it all back on track and helped my mind reconcile in that quote’s truth.

It is my twenty-first birthday tomorrow and I was supposed to write a Physics exam tomorrow. I was sitting here dreading the exam and solving some problems for practice. I’ve been hoping and wishing that this exam was canceled and it was just a stupid desire of a child who hasn’t grown up. The child in me still wanted to celebrate a birthday without having to deal with real life. Well, guess what? My wish came true and I don’t have to face real life because a classmate messaged me on Facebook to ask if I saw Dr. Dave’s last email. Somehow, I had managed to overlook it and would have kept studying if he hadn’t mentioned it.

The universe, which includes circumstances, turned to my side and the e-mail stated that the exam tomorrow is now optional. Considering my average for the first three tests is 98%, there is absolutely no need for me to take this exam. Afterall, the universe did help me achieve what I wanted… 😀

I know it’s a very minor incident according to most of us, but it is special to me because it brought that quote back to me and returned to me the hope that I lived with… the hope that helped me believe and succeed. It is the little things in life that are miraculous and while one waits for the big ones to happen, one loses the most precious ones….

To end it in Paulo Coelho’s words:

“It is the possibility of having dreams come true that makes life interesting”

… and it has just made mine a little more brighter