Nine Steps To Transform Yourself Into A River by Paulo Coelho on July 11, 2012
"A river never passes the same place twice,” says
a philosopher. "Life is like a river,” says another philosopher, and we draw
the conclusion that this is the metaphor that comes closest to the meaning of
life. Consequently, it is always good to remember::
A] We are always doing things for the
first time.While we move between our source (birth) to our destination
(death), the landscape will always be new. We should face these novelties with
joy, not with fear – because it is useless to fear what cannot be avoided. A
river never stops running.
B] In a valley we walk slower.
When everything around us becomes easier, the waters grow calm, we become more
open, fuller and more generous.
C] Our banks are always fertile. Vegetation
only grows where there is water. Whoever comes into contact with us needs to
understand that we are there to give the thirsty something to drink.
D] Stones should be avoided. It
is obvious that water is stronger than granite, but it takes time for this to
happen. It is no good letting yourself be overcome by stronger obstacles, or
trying to fight against them – that is a useless waste of energy. It is best to
understand where the way out is, and then move forward.
E] Hollows call for patience.
All of a sudden the river enters a sort of hole and stops running as joyfully
as before. At such moments the only way out is to count on the help of time.
When the right moment comes the hollow fills up and the water can flow ahead.
In the place of the ugly, lifeless hole there now stands a lake that others can
contemplate with joy.
F] We are one. We were born in a
place that was meant for us, which will always keep us supplied with enough
water so that when confronted with obstacles or depression we have the
necessary patience or strength to move forward. We begin our course in a soft
and fragile manner, where even a simple leaf can stop us. Nevertheless, as we
respect the mystery of the source that gave us life, and trust in His eternal
wisdom, little by little we gain all that we need to pursue our path.
G] Although we are one, soon we shall be
many. As we travel on, the waters of other springs come closer,
because that is the best path to follow. Then we are no longer just one, but
many – and there comes a moment when we feel lost. However, as the Bible says,
"all rivers flow to the sea.” It is impossible to remain in our solitude, no
matter how romantic that may seem. When we accept the inevitable encounter with
other springs, we eventually understand that this makes us much stronger, we get
around obstacles or fill in the hollows in far less time and with greater ease.
H] We are a means of transportation. Of
leaves, boats, ideas. May our waters always be generous, may be always be able
to carry ahead everything or everyone that needs our help.
I] We are a source of inspiration.
And so, let us leave the final words to the Brazilian poet, Manuel Bandeira:
"To be like a river that flows silent through the night, not fearing the darkness and reflecting any stars high in the sky.
And if the sky is filled with clouds, the clouds are water like the river, so without remorse reflect them too”