Flow like a river; believe like a rock

Look, I’ve been experiencing a bit of emotional instability, to put it mildly.
This morning I discovered something I quoted from a book by Paulo Coelho (Like the flowing river) which I find consoling:

The more we plan our steps, the more chance there is that we will go wrong, because we are failing to take into consideration four things:

  • Other people
  • Life’s teachings
  • Passion
  • Calm


The more we feel we are in control of things, the farther off we are from controlling anything.

I must be on the right track then, not feeling in control :-).

Another interesting phenomenon, which Coelho calls the Law of Jante, explains why we watch celebrities with hawk eyes to see when they’ll screw up:

”You are worthless; no one is interested in what you think, therefore you had better opt for mediocrity and anonymity. Do this, and you will never face any major problems in life.”

The Anti-Law of Jante would imply the following:

“You are worth much more than you think. Your work and your presence on this earth are important, even though you may not believe it. Of course, such ideas could land you in a lot of trouble for breaking the Law of Jante, but don’t be intimidated, continue to live without fear, and you will triumph in the end.”

How different would life not be if we all subscribed to the anti-law!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. sanette
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 09:42:21

    REBEL NOW!!!!! Screw the Law of Jante! 🙂 Lief vir jou!


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