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Pebble, By Paulo Coelho.


This is an extract from Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho.

Today, while we were walking around the lake, along that strange road to Santiago, the man who was with me – a painter, with a life entirely different from mine – threw a pebble into the water. Small circles appeared where the pebble fell, which grew and grew until they touched a duck that happened to be passing and which had nothing to do with the pebble. Instead of being afraid of that unexpected wave, he decided to play with it. 

Some hours before that scene, I went into a café, heard a voice, and it was as if God had thrown a pebble into that place. The waves of energy touched both me and a man sitting in a corner painting a portrait. He felt the vibrations of that pebble, and so did I. So what now?

The painter knows when he has found a model. The musician knows when his instrument is well tuned. Here, in my diary, I am aware that there are certain phrases which are not written by me, but by a woman full of ‘light;’ I am that woman though I refuse to accept it. 

I could carry on like this, but I could also, like the duck on the lake, have fun and take pleasure in that sudden ripple that set the water rocking.

There is a name for that pebble: passion. It can be used to describe the beauty of an earth-shaking meeting between two people, but it isn’t just that. It’s there in the excitement of the unexpected, in the desire to do something with real fervour, in the certainty that one is going to realise a dream. Passion sends us signals that guide us through our lives, and it’s up to me to interpret those signs.

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2 comments

  1. I love Paulo Coelho. I've read The Alchemist, Brida, and The Winner Stands Alone, but I haven't read Eleven Minutes although I really want to. His books (especially the Alchemist) changed my world completely since the time I was in sixth grade.

    Thanks for the passage! ^_^

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  2. Hey do you think you could give a top 10 list, of the books you've read.
    Looking for some new stuff different to what I usually read, so that would be appreciated. :)

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