"The heart decides, and that it decides is all that really matters ...
Those who are truly enlightened, those whose souls are illuminated
by love, have been able to overcome all the inhibitions and
preconceptions of their era. ... They have been joyful - because
those who love conquer the world and have no fear of loss.
True love is an act of total surrender ... One doesn't love in order
to do what is good to help or to protect someone. If we act that way,
we are perceiving the other as a simple object, and we are seeing
ourselves as wise and generous persons. This has nothing to do
with love. To love is to be in communion with the other and to discover
in that other the spark of God"
These quotes are from one of my favourite writers' books -
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept. I am in awe of
Paulo Coelho and his skill at weaving words together.
I must confess when I first read this - more than ten years ago,
I think - I thought it was purely about romantic love: the mushy stuff.
And/or the sweaty stuff. Back then, that's what I thought love was.
I suspect that I must have looked to these words for relationship
tips, and then proceeded to be a perfect doormat for
the most imperfect lovers.
As I read through these words today, they mean so much more.
I look at these lines now and feel that he is talking about compassion
and respect and acceptance. They are about that thing which will
ultimately save the world. Without necessarily having to be
mushy and/or sweaty.
So that's what love is! Good to know. At last.
It's time for me to take that book down off my bookshelf
and read it once again, to find out if he meant what I felt.
Because as far as I remember, it was a love story (the mushy
kind, don't recall any sweaty stuff in there). But I doubt Mr Coelho
could disappoint me. I'm sure it was all there and I just didn't have
the awareness to notice it. When I read it this time, I'll see
the other stuff. The stuff I missed first time around.