Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The lessons of the unavoidable.

Not that anyone cares, but Im sitting in the Foreign Language department making use of their computer lab. They keep walking by looking at me funny. Maybe because Ive had classes all day since 8am and Im still haunting the halls. What can I say, I had some emailing to do.

Today was my last day of TR classes. I have a presentation tomorrow, two exams on thursday, one class to sleep through friday, two fake presentations the following tuesday, one real exam and a french "party" on friday morning. Then graduation saturday with my dad and Bob Roberts in tow. Thats pretty much it for undergrad. Bewildering. I know Ive probably posted about it 800 times but a girls gotta process somehow.

I read this book called La Quinta Montana by Paulo Coelho. He's written a lot of other books ( the alquimist, the witch of portobello, Eleven Minutes, etc) and he's pretty great. His books are all about the spiritual journey of life, the fight for fulfilling your own destiny, and dealing with tragedy's play in that fulfillment. Some of his quotes are pretty awesome.. so here's some sharing time:

-It’s always necessary to know when the stage of one’s life has ended. If you stubbornly cling to it after the end has passed, you lose the joy and meaning of the rest. And you risk being shaken to your senses by God.

-Learn something. At this moment, many people have stopped living. They do not become angry, nor cry out; they merely wait for time to pass. They did not accept the challenge of life, so life no longer challenges them. You are running the same risk; react, face life, but do not stop living.

-Only those men and women with the sacred flame in their hearts had the courage to confront Him. And they alone knew the path back to His love, for they understood that tragedy was not punishment but challenge.

-All life’s battles teach us something, even those we lose…. you’ll discover that you have defended lies, deceived yourself, or suffered for foolishness. If you’re a good warrior, you will not blame yourself for this, but neither will you allow your mistakes to repeat themselves.

- There are moments when God demands our obedience. But there are moments in which He wishes to test our will and challenges us to understand His love.

- There is no tragedy, only the unavoidable. Everything has its reason for being: you only need to distinguish what is temporary from what is lasting. What is temporary?… The unavoidable… and what is lasting?… The lessons of the unavoidable.

- A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

- Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.

SO these are pretty cool in english, and cooler in spanish, but I wanted everyone to enjoy them, so I copped out for you and found the quotes online.. there are a few in spanish too but they are at home and Im not at home. So maybe later

I just love this guys insights. Seriously. What do you think?

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