We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.
Every day, God gives us the sun— and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist— that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant that we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists— a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.
Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times and we will experience many disappointments— but all of this is transitory; it leaves no permanent mark. And one day, we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.
—Paulo Coelho; By The River Piedra I Sat Down And Wept
“The best things in life don’t happen unless you take risks. Risk yourself and throw your heart out onto the table. Be who you are and hope people accept you. If they don’t, too bad. Always be real, never fake. Smile when you’re happy, cry when you’re sad, never hold your emotions inside. Let yourself risk getting hurt, let yourself try something new. follow your heart and do what you feel is right. Not what other people tell you to do. Fall in love; take a chance. Hope the other person feels the same. Love is a risk, it could bring either pleasure or pain. Sometimes both. Life is a gamble, you never know what it’ll bring. Live in the moment and don’t dwell on the past. Find the good in everybody. Think positive; do positive. Break the rules and take a chance of getting caught. Dance in the rain when everyone else is inside. Don’t follow the crowd. Who cares if you fit in? Wear your emotions on your sleeve and dive into love.”