Thursday, December 8, 2011

Acknowledgement By The Author Of "The Alchemist" : Paulo Coelho

ESPANOL CLICAR AQUI: Matando los suenos
PORTUGUES CLICAR AQUI: Matando os sonhos

The first symptom of the process of our killing our dreams is the lack of time. The busiest people I have known in my life always have time enough to do everything. Those who do nothing are always tired and pay no attention to the little amount of work they are required to do. They complain constantly that the day is too short. The truth is, they are afraid to fight the Good Fight.
The second symptom of the death of our dreams lies in our certainties. Because we don’t want to see life as a grand adventure, we begin to think of ourselves as wise and fair and correct in asking so little of life. We look beyond the walls of our day-to-day existence, and we hear the sound of lances breaking, we smell the dust and the sweat, and we see the great defeats and the fire in the eyes of the warriors. But we never see the delight, the immense delight in the hearts of those who are engaged in the battle. For them, neither victory nor defeat is important; what’s important is only that they are fighting the Good Fight.
And, finally, the third symptom of the passing of our dreams is peace. Life becomes a Sunday afternoon; we ask for nothing grand, and we cease to demand anything more than we are willing to give. In that state, we think of ourselves as being mature; we put aside the fantasies of our youth, and we seek personal and professional achievement. We are surprised when people our age say that they still want this or that out of life. But really, deep in our hearts, we know that what has happened is that we have renounced the battle for our dreams – we have refused to fight the Good Fight.
When we renounce our dreams and find peace, we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being.
We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. That’s when illnesses and psychoses arise. What we sought to avoid in combat – disappointment and defeat – come upon us because of our cowardice.
And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death. It’s death that frees us from our certainties, from our work, and from that terrible peace of our Sunday afternoons

Jagdish S Kolur December 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Dear Paul,
I have gone through your Blog, the analysis therein are very true. But these views are subjective and depend upon which stage of life you are at. I am sharing a link to the Blog written by me which gives the mindset of people who are at the last stages of life.
The name of the topic is "Message before its too late". Please give your view.
Blogger. Jags
Paulo Coelho December 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm
I am going to post an edited version here in the future, with a link to your blog

Monday, December 5, 2011

Face the challenges of life…..


Being human we all have to face challenges life throws at us at every juncture. Some of them are bound to test you to the brink and others may push you to the wall.  The inherent nature of these challenges  is that they are all unpredictable and one cannot really plan.  The problem is that we live a life planning for the unexpected and inspite of all this planning we still fall short of plans when we face reality.  Then how do we deal with this?

I have always advocated what I learnt from my guru that acceptance of people and situation at a given time will solve a lot of problems. This kind of approach has helped me come out of many a situation without conflict and that too maintaining a calm demeanour.  This approach does not mean that one has to simply accept the situation and be at the mercy or at the taking end of the situation. 

Acceptance is only the first step towards resolving half the problem on hand.  What happens when we accept a problem or situation? 

  1. We are actually acknowledging that there is something more powerful   which is not only governing our life but also every thing happening around us.  There is a definite pre-set  plan in place which is beyond human comprehension…… We should remember that we are only a minuscule part of a system which is controlled by nature which has a operating system that is more advanced and difficult for human beings to conceive.
  2. This action of acceptance also unknowingly brings us to a very beautiful state of mind i.e gratitude.  The resultant mind-set  not only gives us positive thoughts but also results in action that is complimentary.

There is also one more thought process that I would like to share with my readers.  We all are faced with situations where nothing seems to improve in-spite of all the efforts and acceptance.  Then which direction do we take?  The most common approach is to fire fight the situation trying to control small factors that are immediate and are perceived to be the actual cause of problem.  This approach can only give results  when there is an actual fire which is engulfing everything that comes in its path.

But the problems we face in life cannot be compared to fire-fighting.  If we adopt this kind of mind-set we are not actually doing any thing to address the actual problem but resolving small issues that are a result of the bigger problem on hand. 

The best approach would be to do something constructive which can actually solve the problem on the long run though they may seem too far fetched and time consuming  This will systematically stem the flow of the immediate resulting problems on hand.

Most of the time we all know what needs to be done but we all are looking for alternative quick fix solutions but again let me remind you …… acceptance is the key…… acceptance that the problems to be resolved need some time.  Having said this have we traversed a circle and come back to acceptance?

So let us accept that acceptance is the key to success or key to acceptance…… Confusing though it may sound…. for me acceptance and success can be mentioned in the same breath because acceptance leads to success because both complement each other!!

By blogger:  Jagdish S Kolur