Like the Flowing River is an intimate collection of Paula Coelho's reflections and short stories, written from 1998 to 2005. These are powerful tales of living and dying, of destiny and choice, of love lost and found. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, but always profound, this book, like all of Coelho's work, explores what it means to be truly alive.
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Eredeti megjelenés éve: 2005
I can only conclude that worse than hunger or thirst, worse than being unemployed, unhappy in love or defeated and in despair, far worse than any or all of those things, is feeling that no one, absolutely no one, cares about us.
39 40. oldal - The Dead Man Wore Pyjamas
A man asked my friend Jaime Cohen: 'What is the human being's funniest characteristic?'
Cohen said: 'Our contradictoriness. We are in such a hurry to grow up, and then we long for our childhood. We make ourselves ill earning money, and then spend all our money on getting well again. We think so much about the future that we neglect the present, and thus experience neither the present nor the future. We live as if we, were never going to die, and die as if we had never lived.'
188. oldal - The Funny Thing About Human Beings
For a long time, I could not draw the bow correctly, until, one day, my teacher showed me a breathing exercise, and it suddenly became easy. I asked why he had taken such a long time to correct me. He replied: 'If I had shown you the breathing exercises right from the start, you would have thought them unnecessary. Now you will believe what I say and will practise as if were really important. That is what good teachers do.'
211. oldal - The Third Passion
In Madrid lives Norma, a very special Brazilian lady. The Spanish call her 'the rocking grandma'. She is over sixty and works in various places, organizing promotions, parties, and concerts.
Once, at about four in the morning, when I was so tired I could barely stand, I asked Norma where she got all her energy from.
'I have a magic calendar. If you like, I can show it to you.'
The following day, I went to her house. She picked up an old, much scribbled-upon calendar.
'Right, today is the day they discovered a vaccine against polio', she said. 'We must celebrate that, because life is beautiful.'
On each day of the year, Norma had written down something good that had happened on that date. For her, life was always a reason to be happy.
165. oldal - Norma and the Good Things
Ross went to the local notary public and registered his mother's will. When she died, she would like to be cremated. Nothing unusual about that. But the will went on to stipulate that her ashes were to be placed in 241 small bags, which were to be sent to the heads of postal services in the 50 American states, and to each of the 191 countries of the world, so that at least part of her body would end up visiting the places she always dreamed about.
As soon as Vera died, Ross carried out her last wishes with all the respect one could hope for in a son. With each remittance, he enclosed a brief letter in which he asked that his mother be given a decent funeral.
Ross Andrerson received photos from the five continents, from all races and all cultures, showing men and women honouring his mother's last wishes. When we see today's divided world, a world in which no one seems to care about anyone else, Vera Anderson's last journey fills up whit hope, for it shows us that there is still respect, love and generosity in the souls of our fellow human beings, however far away they may be.
190-191. oldal - An Around-the-World Trip After Death
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