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Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 1/26/14

Quote from Paulo CoelhoIts pretty obvious that “each day is a different one,” but sometimes it can feel as though the only thing that changes from day to day is the date. Coelho points out that this is an illusion. Daily routines, though often necessary, can make this illusion particularly convincing.

There are probably thousands of inspirational mantras reminding us that we have only one life to live, and each day is a gift, and moments matter more than minutes, etc., etc., etc. It isn’t that these things aren’t true (they are!), but they are very difficult to live by when you lead a life full of responsibilities and obligations. Sometimes it requires all of our energy just to go through the motions of another routine day. Accepting this state results in a condition that Coelho likens to blindness. Its not that the beauty of life has been diminished by our daily routines, but we have simply failed to recognize it.

The solution is clear: “Its just a matter of paying attention.” In order to achieve real, sustainable happiness we need to accept that most things worth knowing are not obvious. If Truth announced itself with a megaphone and neon lights, everyone would be enlightened. Life isn’t that simple. Some days will require careful examination in order to discover the “miracle” of the day. Some days the “miracle” will be more apparent than others. The key is to seek Truth each day and be open to the surprises that life presents.

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About Paul Rotter

Paul Rotter was born in Southeastern Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida where he was a Finalist for Outstanding Literary Nonfiction Writer. He currently writes for an Investor Relations firm in Maitland, FL. You can follow him on twitter @pmrotter

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