Why Do That? by Paulo Coelho

 

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I read this beautiful extract on my friend Paulo Coelho’s blog and it is from his new book  MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA I have had the pleasure of reading this book and it is absolutely wonderful; full of wisdom.

Why Do That? by Paulo Coelho

Nature is telling us: ‘Change!’

And those who do not fear the Angel of Good Fortune understand that they must go forward, despite their fear.
Despite their doubts.
Despite recriminations.
Despite threats.

They confront their values and prejudices. They hear the advice of their loved ones, who say:
‘Why do that? You have everything you need: the love of your parents, your wife and your children, the job it took you so long to get. Don’t run the risk of becoming a stranger in a strange land.’

Nevertheless, they risk taking a first step, sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes out of ambition, but generally because they feel an uncontrollable longing for adventure.

At each bend in the road, they feel more and more afraid, and yet, at the same time, they surprise themselves: they are stronger and happier.
Joy. That is one of the main blessings of the All-Powerful. If we are happy, we are on the right road.
Fear gradually ebbs away, because it wasn’t given what it felt was its due importance.

And each step, which had, until then, been merely automatic, becomes instead a conscious step.
Rather than speaking to him of the solace of security, it teaches him the joy of facing new challenges.

taken from MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

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