In the book, author Paulo Coelho’s protagonist, a boy, is handed a blank blue book by a mystical woman on a beach to write about the warrior of light. What is a warrior of light asks the boy?
“‘He is someone capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in – and of hearing the bells that the waves sets ringing on the seabed.’
Write about that warrior, she says.
Thus begins a great compilation. Here are some of my favorites from the book.
A warrior does not need to be reminded of the help given him by others; he is the first to remember and makes sure to share with them any rewards he receives.
The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment and – sometimes – with just a touch of madness.
A warrior of light never resorts to trickery, but he knows how to distract his opponent. However anxious he is, he uses every strategy at his disposal to gain his objective.
He is never taken in by appearances and makes a point of remaining silent when people try to impress him. And he uses the occasion to correct his own faults, for other people make an excellent mirror.
A warrior of light respects the main teaching of the I Ching: ‘To persevere is favourable.’ He knows that perseverance is not the same thing as insistence.
They are not always quite sure what they are doing here. They spend many sleepless nights, believing that their lives have no meaning. That is why they are warriors of light.
A warrior of light carefully studies the position that he intends to conquer. However difficult the objective, there is always a way of overcoming obstacles.
If he waits for the ideal moment, he will never set off; he requires a touch of madness to take the next step. The warrior uses that touch of madness. For – in both love and war – it is impossible to foresee everything.
A warrior of light knows his own faults. But he also knows his qualities.
A warrior of light does not postpone making decisions. He thinks a good deal before he acts; he considers his training, as well as his responsibilities and duties as a teacher.
A warrior of light shares his world with the people he loves. He tries to encourage them to do the things they would like to do but for which they lack the courage.
The warrior of light pays attention to small things because they can severely hamper him. A thorn, however tiny, can cause the traveler to halt.
The warrior of light is always trying to improve. Every blow of his sword carries with it centuries of wisdom and meditation.
A warrior of light is always vigilant. A warrior does not try to seem, he is.
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