Wednesday Wisdom from Paulo Coelho

Wednesday Wisdom: A small extract from The Zahir by Paulo Coelho. I love the idea of distancing yourself from the story you were told about the person you should be, through storytelling.

“No one nowadays can spend their whole life travelling.”

“Not physically, no, but they can on a spiritual plane. Going farther and farther, distancing yourself from your personal history, from what you were forced to become.”

“How does one go about abandoning the story one was told?”

“By repeating it out loud in meticulous detail. And as we tell our story, we say goodbye to what we were and, as you’ll see if you try, we create space for a new, unknown world. We repeat the old story over and over until it is no longer important to us.”

“Is that all?”

“There is just one other thing: as those spaces grow, it is important to fill them quickly, even if only provisionally, so as not to be left with a feeling of emptiness.”


“With different stories, with experiences we never dared to have or didn’t want to have. That is how we change. That is how love grows. And when love grows, we grow with it.”

“Does that mean we might lose things that are important?”

“Never. The important things always stay; what we lose are the things we thought were important but which are, in fact, useless, like the false power we use to control the energy of love.”