PAULO COEHLO MEETS VEN JO TESORO
It is not enough to meet a well-known author like Paulo Coehlo, a famous Brazilian lyricist and novelist, one of the most widely read authors in the world. His works are translated in various languages. His book The Alchemist has gone to sell more than 65 million copies worldwide, becoming one the best-selling book in history. Once you read just one of his many books, you must have met him literally although not in the physical sense. But meeting is certainly a metaphysical occurrence, hence my conference with the brilliant writer.
First off. Coehlo is senior by a few summers than mine. But we belong to one generation that understands eastern and western philosophies. We were once a member of the flower people phenom in the late 60s although in his case, he lived through it. In my case, I just coasted along. He was in a way the counter part of Steve Jobs than me.
Secondly, Coehlo believes in the universe more than the generation that followed. Those who would hear him explain this to the youth today would find it perplexing at first but would accept it as a profound explanation for a simple matter. In my lectures, I find the same line worth discussing to the appreciation of a youthful audience.
Thirdly, my generation, this of course is virtually ruled by a precocious writer like Coehlo, fathoms the past and understand the future in terms of its raw beauty rather than in terms of crucial technology. We are more than at ease with how we would eventually think than how subsequently would look like. Ageing for us is more of an icing than substance. The youth today would rather appreciate this on the basis of our composure.
Now, let us listen to our generation as Coehlo* would put it:
“And, when you want something, ALL the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
“Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.”
“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. DO IT NOW.”
“Be brave. Take risks.”
“If you want to be successful, respect one rule. DO NOT LIE TO YOURSELF.”
“The act of discovering who we are will force us to accept that we can go further than we think.”
“The secret of life is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
“Don’t waste your time with explanations, people want to hear what they want to hear.”
“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
“At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore. It is a decision.”
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
“You are not defeated when you lose. You are defeated when you quit.”
*Note: The above quotes from Coehlo were made possible by blogger Hristian Nikolov.
So you see, Coehlo’s thoughts reflect what we all along knew but could not capture in essence unless expressed properly. It is there in our minds, it is there everywhere. Ask those that belonged to a previous generation and they will also tell you the same thing. I met this brilliant author through the past that we have trodden on.