Friday, June 29, 2007

"Like the Flowing River"

Loved "The Alchemist". Got hooked on to Paulo Coelho reading "Veronica Decides to Die". He is one writer who pens the most profound of thoughts in the simplest of words.
"Like the Flowing River" is a collection of his thoughts on spirituality, people, life in general. There are a few reproduciotns of his earlier writings too. Not attempting a review here, I am too ordinary a mortal to even think of it. Just wanted to share something which really caught my thoughts in this book.

"Beacuse it has lived its life intensely
the parched grass still attracts the gaze of passers-by.
The flowers merely flower,
and they do this as well as they can.
The white lily, blooming unseen in the valley,
Does not need to explain itself to anyone;
It lives merely for beauty.
Men, however, cannot accept that 'merely'.
If tomatoes wanted to be melons,
they would look completely ridiculous.
I am always amazed
that so many people are concerned
with wanting to be what they are not;
what's the point of making yourself look ridiculous?
You don't always have to pretend to be strong,
there's no need to prove all the time that everything is going well,
you shouldn't be concerned about what other people are thinking,
cry if you need to,
it's good to cry out all your tears
because only then will you be able to smile again."

(written by Mitsuo Aida, a Japanese poet and calligrapher)

Realized early on in life that it is impossible and impractical to please everyone in everything you do. Do what you think is right, if possible without causing pain to your dearest ones. It's been working for me, at peace with myself most of the times - always is impossible, 'coz I have too many loved ones and a few whom I love too much!!
Being true to myself is also really difficult many a time. A strong stubborn streak sometimes stands in the way between me and how I behave. Got to get a hold on that.


  1. Paulo Coehlo is one of my favorite authors too. Only problem is that when you read his books for the second or third time, you get different insights. His writing is kind of layered wisdom, revealing one after another as you read it more and more times. Zahir is another book I loved.

    You philosophy is spot on. It is impossible to please all all the time. So do what you feel right, then at least one can be at peace with oneself. And for me that is the most important thing. I have stopped caring what other would think when I do some thing. Because for everything you do there will be many detractors. So I live my life as I feel right based on my values.

  2. hello!
    While surfing in the net I discovered your profile and I also love the work of Paulo Coelho!!!! Do you know that he is launching his new book, The Witch of Portobello, through his blog
    I found it out because i'm inscibed to his newsletter
    it's simply wonderful!
    have a nice day!

  3. Oh this is so true! Thanks for making me think deep into myself today..

  4. no matter what we do our actions are in cohesion with the society. and no matter how much we try to break off we are a part of a bigger set up. we cannot live on our own. we have to depend on each other for love, affection, company and other needs. i dont see any probs if our actions are based on what others think of us cause its mutual.