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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The blackbird comes to a decision



An old blackbird found a piece of bread and flew off with it. When they saw this, the younger birds pursued him in order to attack.

Confronted by imminent battle, the blackbird dropped the piece of bread into the mouth of a snake, thinking to himself:

‘When you’re old, you see things differently. I lost a meal, it’s true, but I can always find another piece of bread tomorrow.
“However, if I had hung on to it, I would have started a war in the skies; the winner would become the object of envy, the others would gang up on him, hatred would fill the hearts of birds and it could all go on for years.

“That is the wisdom of old age: knowing how to exchange immediate victories for lasting conquests.’


-- Paulo Coelho Blog

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

There is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for.

-- Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Soul Mate

I am standing on the edge
My search has halted
Even when I thought I had faltered…

I am standing on the edge
Feeling mystified by the view
Of what is before me…

I see color
I see rain
I feel no more pain
I am sure things will never be the same…

I am standing on the edge
Seeing you for the first time
I see a bunch of fireflies…
I feel your presence
I feel your soul
I some how feel and know
Your spirit
Now I am truly present…

Now there is Clarity
Now there is    No Fear
Now there is    Time
Now there is Strength
Now there is Friendship
Now there is    True Happiness
Now there is    Unconditional Love

Now I am at peace…

I am standing on the edge
Feeling complete
Never again
Will I feel no peace
Never again
Will I feel alone

I am standing on the edge
Not looking down

I am standing on the edge
Looking straight ahead
For the first time
Seeing all of my direction stones…

Now I am given a series of visions
Difficult to believe
But it is easy all at the same time…

We are standing on the edge
Side by side

What comes to my mind,
Freedom
What comes to my hands,
Unity as one

What comes to my heart,
Strength
What comes to my soul,
Love

I am standing on the edge
Ready to be lifted
Ready to fly
Ready to give
Ready to love

I am standing on the edge
Ready
To imagine
Ready
To see the light
Ready
To just be

Free.

By Victoria Fries, Copyrighted February 2002