The enemy within
by Paulo Coelho on March 9, 2012
A man was in a bar with his group, when an old friend entered. He had lived his life trying to go down the right path, but to no avail. “I should give him some money”, he thought to himself.
But the friend was now rich, and came to the bar that night just to pay all the debts he had incurred over the years. In addition to repaying the loans given to him, he ordered a round of drinks for everyone.
When asked how he had become so successful, he replied, that until days ago he was living as the “Other”.
“What is the Other?” asked Pilar.
“The Other believes that the obligation of man is to spend a lifetime thinking about how to have security so not to die of hunger when getting old. Therefore, living as the Other you fail to discover that Life also has plans, and they may be different.”
“But there is danger. And there is suffering”, the people said in the bar, who had begun to listen.
“No one escapes the suffering. So it is better to lose a few battles in order to fight for your dreams, then to be defeated without even knowing what you are fighting for. When I discovered this, I woke up determined to be what I always really wanted to be. The Other stood there in my room watching.
Although it sought to scare me sometimes, I did not allow it to return. From the moment I pushed the Other out of my life, the divine energy worked its miracles.”
in my book “By the river Piedra I sat down and wept”
Tomado tal cual aparece en idioma ingles… Gracias a la bondad de PC, es un honor transcribirlo aquí.