Few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is a blogger, birthed an amazing post on her blog giftcollins.com. She shared ten most inspiring quotes (as preferred by her) from one of her idols, Maya Angelou. She did not drop her pen until she tagged 10 bloggers to share 10 quotes that inspire them and influence their life and style (Am I a blogger? Thinking aloud!!!). But guess what? Rockdweller was among the ten amazing bloggers she tagged. What a refreshing challenge at that phase of my life where writing seemed more like hewing a rock than locking of lips and wordpress.com is not just boring but debasing (hopefully, very soon my self-hosting dream becomes a reality).
Babe, I count it a rare privilege. We both know, you have more than 500 bloggers and writers within your circle of influence, so, tagging me among the privileged ten is something to shout about but I will try to be calm.
Singling out my top 10 most inspiring quotes has been more challenging than telling my landlord about his halitosis. Trust me, settling down with one person was even more difficult though Gift Collins had permitted that I use quotes from as many people as I wish. However, I chose to stick to just one amazing soul (she shared just Maya Angelou’s quotes so I choose to stick to the same gun (Shouldn’t I?).
Martin Luther king Jr, Old Abey, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Atteberry, Gandhi, Donald Trump (yeah, you read that correctly) and many more great men, were deeply considered, but the ray of light from Paulo Coelho’s tent is more inviting to my soul. Paulo Coelho de Souza is the author of ‘The Alchemist’. It is one of my favourite books of all time and I think that the fact that it is an international bestselling book translated into more than 70 languages, should tell you something about it. If you haven’t read this book, hide you face (In Davido’s voice).
As for me, Paulo is a combination of depth, creativity and wisdom little wonder he is rated the most influential writer of modern era. The Brazilian Novelist and lyricist’s philosophy of life and my belief system, are extricably intertwined so this piece is dedicated to the master of wit.
Here are my 10 unforgettable quotes from him in no particular order:
- If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.
Fake life limits you from maximizing your potentials. Celebrate where you are today and trust God to take you to where you belong in your imagination.
2. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere.
Relationship must set the vehicle of your life in motion whether you like it or not. It either sails you towards destiny or farther away from destiny. This explains why you must be extremely careful who you are exposing your life to.
3. Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.
My landlord puts it this way: “What is working for you can work against you.” Celebrate the blessings in your life per time. Honour and again, honour! Many treasures (people, opportunities, talents etc.), can only bless you when you recognize them and celebrate them.
4. Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do.
The best way to restrict your life is by attending to people’s opinions
5. You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
Shit can happen but don’t stay in the shit. Don’t be buried in the sinking sand of your past. Break out of the prison of your excuse.
6. Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.
I don’t explain myself expect I think the listener really loves me and deserves my explanation. I believe my words are expensive so I rather not waste them. Many people conclude even before they give you a chance to air your views.
7. Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
Paulo is a Catholic so I believe he just handpicked this from scriptures.
“Luke 12:34 KJV: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
8. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
This is too direct. It speaks for itself.
9. When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.
The desires of our heart eventually becomes the reality of our lives. As you think, you become. Let your desires be godly. Ungodly desires are destructive and you might get it if you don’t ditch it.
10. Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Don’t be afraid of failure. If you don’t get desired results, you will get the experiential knowledge.
Kindly let me know your favourite quote out of these 10 even as you drop your comments and share.
Have a great weekend ahead.