Posts Tagged ‘Paulo Coelho’

Are you one of these people who, when asked to do something, always says ‘Yes’?

There was a long time in my life when that was exactly what I did, I would say ‘Yes’ before really considering any of the following:

  • did I have time to prepare?
  • did I have the free time to attend?
  • was it something/somewhere I wanted to do/be?
  • was I or anyone else going to gain from me doing the task?
  • was it going to push me into something I didn’t want to do?

For me, it was usually my time that was the issue, as I was out the house most nights of the week and sometimes the weekends too, doing one thing or another, so need really had much free time to fit anything else into.

I did come to a realisation at one point in my life though that I should stop and consider requests from now on, before giving my answer. And what a difference that made! Yes, I have felt incredibly guilty sometimes for saying ‘No’ to some requests, even though I’ve seriously evaluated whether it is sensibly and practical for me to undertake them, before saying ‘No’.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t say ‘No’ to every task I’m asked to do, but I do think I make better decisions about what tasks are the right ones for me to undertake at that time.

Everyone has an opinion about everything, although some people are more forceful than others about whether their opinion is the correct one or not!

So, bearing that in mind, maybe those who are always sure that their opinion is the one that is right, should take note of the following:

The world is changed by your example not by your opinion ~ Paulo Coelho

Maybe worth reminding some people of this quote!

change by example not opinion


I’ve been sadly reminded yet again this week just how fragile life is because, for the second time in a week we received the devastating news that a member of our family had died suddenly. As the following quote says, it’s just as well we don’t know what’s round the corner!

None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith ~ Paulo Coelho

Yes, the breath I’m taking right now, may be my last, but should I ponder this thought and never again do anything useful or positive for either myself or anyone else? No, I must keep going…not because I can’t face the moment when I take my last breath, but simply because I believe God is with me every moment of every day, and I know He will be there when I do take my final breath.

Life throws us some really difficult situations at times – Situations which, at times, may make us want to just give up. However when our faith is strong, nothing, not even the worst situations and circumstances that life throws our way, can shake our belief that God is with us through it all.

So keep going. Trust God.