Monday, July 27, 2009

Warrior of the Light

I already posted this entry 2 years ago on my Multiply account and wanted to repost here on my blog. Main reason: This is one of my favorites and so encouraging.

Warrior of the Light
by Paulo Coelho

Part I

Every warrior of The Light has felt afraid of going into battle.

Every warrior of The Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.

Every warrior of The Light has trodden a path that was not his.

Every warrior of The Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons.

Every warrior of The Light has, at least once, believed that he was not a Warrior of the Light.

Every warrior of The Light has failed in his spiritual duties.

Every warrior of The Light has said “yes” when he wanted to say “no”.

Every warrior of The Light has hurt someone he loved.

That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this and yet never lost hope of being better than he is.

Part II

A warrior of the Light knows that certain moments repeat themselves.

He often finds himself faced by the same problems and situations, and seeing these difficult situations return, he grows depressed, thinking that he is incapable of making any progress in life.

“I’ve been through all this before,” he says to his heart.

“Yes, you have been through all this before,” replies his heart. “But you have never been beyond it.’”

Then the Warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn.

Part III

A Warrior of the Light often loses heart.

He believes that nothing can stir in him the emotion he desires. He is forced to spend many nights feeling that he is one of the vanquished, and nothing seems able to restore his enthusiasm.

His friends say: “Perhaps his fight is over.”

The Warrior feels pain and confusion when he hears such remarks because he knows that he has not yet reached the place he wanted to reach. But he is stubborn and refuses to relinquish his aims.

Then, when he least expects it, a new door opens.

Part IV

From now on-and for the next few hundred years-the Universe is going to help Warriors of the Light and hinder the prejudiced.

The Earth’s energy needs to be renewed.

New ideas need space.

Body and soul need new challenges.

The future has become the present, and every dream-except those dreams that involve preconceived ideas-will have a chance to be heard.

Anything of importance will remain. Anything useless will disappear. It is not the Warrior’s responsibility, however, to judge the dreams of others, and he does not waste time criticizing other people’s decisions.

In order it have faith in his own path, he does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.

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