BOOK THOUGHTS: BY THE RIVER PIEDRA I SAT DOWN AND WEPT

I have read this book when I was in third year high school and I wanted to include this in my blog. So here goes. This is an excerpt from what the boy said in a seminar.

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun — and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we havent perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exists – that today is the same day as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front door key in the lock, it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists   a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles. 

Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment helps us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments – but all of it is transitory, it leaves no permanent mark. And one day, we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken. 

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks. Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned; perhaps she won’t suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow. But when that person looks back  and at some point, every person looks back – she will never hear her heart saying ‘What have you done with the miracles god has planted i your days?”

Pitiful are the people who must realize this. Because when they are finally able to believe in miracles, their life’s magi moments will have already passed them by. 

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