i’ve begun to consider the books of Paulo Coelho quite “dangerous”, for lack of a better word.  i’ve noted in other posts how i must be careful about when i choose to read one because thus far, each one i’ve read has caused my life to take an abrubt turn.  always for the better, but always like hopping on a catapult and shooting myself into the great unknown at least 90 degrees from where i was going previously.

i’ve never understood the effect they have on me.  in fact, he’s quite cheesy – a read a third grader could plow through in a couple days.  but somehow profound and inspiring.

well…get ready.  i’m reading one now.   i’m only on the second page, but i already need to share:

An anonymous text from the Tradition says that, in life, each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant.  The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing.  Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls.  Life loses its meaning when the building stops.

Then there are those who plant.  They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest.  But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing.  And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.

Gardeners always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole world.


3 Responses to “brida”

  1. 1 Wiloe April 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    eeeewwwwww…. I think that I’m a builder. Yuck.

  2. 2 megandaniso April 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I feel the same way about Coelho’s writing, profound, yet simple. Always provoking thought and self-reflection. And, I desire to be a gardener…

  3. 3 limewire April 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    shoot nice info man.

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
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