Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places

Sometimes we don’t know where we will find inspiration. Or when we will come across someone who’s words move us, or at least make us stop and think for a while.

I have been searching for the deeper meaning in a lot of things lately and mostly look to writers, fellow bloggers, song lyrics, poetry, speeches, etc to find words, expressions, and thoughts that represent my own personal trials and triumphs.

Today, without even searching, an update from the great Paulo Coelho came up on my newsfeed, (thank you, Facebook!) a man who wrote such inspired and beautiful words as:

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – From The Alchemist

His latest blog post focuses on a poet named Hafez, who I have admittedly never heard of before, but who’s words are so beautiful and motivating:

Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out.

Your love
Should never be offered to the mouth of a stranger,
Only to someone who has the valor and daring
To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
Then weave them into a blanket
To protect you.

Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive.

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.

There are different wells within your heart.
Some fill with each good rain,
Others are far too deep for that

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions.

Even after all this time the sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me”

There is no pleasure without a tincture of bitterness.

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One response to “Finding Inspiration in Unlikely Places

  1. Beautiful post and beautiful words. You gave me chills. The Alchemist is one of my favorite books of all time. I re-read it anytime I need inspiration to pursue my passions.

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