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    Pessosa

    To be happy is to recognize that life, is worth living, even with all its challenges, misunderstandings, and its periods of crisis.

    To be happy, is to stop being the victim of problems and being the author of your own story.

    To cross deserts outside of yourself, and to find the oasis inside your soul.

    To thank God for each morning for the miracle of life.

    To be happy, is not to be afraid of your own emotions. It is knowing how to speak about yourself.

    To have the courage to listen to a “no”. To have the strength to receive a criticism, even when unjust.

    Stones in the road? I save every single one, one day I´ll build a castle.”- Fernando Pessoa – portuguese poet. (Translation in english by Isabel Gallagher)

    As I was walking the streets of Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona yesterday, I saw an epigraph on one old house “Stones in the road? I save every single one, one day I´ll build a castle” by Pessoa.

    Fernando Pessoa is one of my favorite 20th century writers and I would describe him as many writers in one.The Portuguese author attributed his work to literary alter egos that he called “heteronyms,” each of which had a fully developed identity.

    His works are extraordinary, a haunting mosaic of dreams, autobiographical vignettes, shards of literary theory and criticism and maxims. They are cerebral workings of a first-rate thinker on the dilemma of life. Full of fresh metaphors and unique perceptions.

    Walking the cobblestone path of this Gothic quarter in Barcelona …my mind wanders on every single stone in my life. How did I respond to these stones? Did they serve as my stumbling blocks or stepping stones??

    There are rough stones and smooth stones but have you ever wondered how it can be perfectly smooth? Did the stone start out this way, or did it change over time?

    Certainly it changed over time! The weather factors, the current of water, the constant stepping on of passer-byes are the physical causes of its transformation.

    Like the smooth stone, forces in our lives are constant and never ending, causing changes whether we like it or not.

    The important question for all of us  is:  how do we respond to change?

    Does change in our work environment or changes in our lives go unnoticed, or is of little concern?

    Look at the stones in your life…

    Change, adapt, and continue to learn is my resolution everytime I receive a stone hurled into my path.

    Change will affect you one way or the other, just like what happened to the stone.

    I’m past  half way of building my castle with my stones!

    PESSOA QUOTES

    All is worthwhile if the soul is not small.”

    At first, it’s unfamiliar, then it strikes root.”

    Could it think, the heart would stop beating.”

    God wills, Man dreams, the Work is born.”

    Look, there’s no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.”

    No intelligent idea can gain general acceptance unless some stupidity is mixed in with it.”

    Success consists in being successful, not in having potential for success. Any wide piece of ground is the potential site of a palace, but there’s no palace till it’s built.”

    To choose ways of not acting was ever the concern and scruple of my life.”

    To feel today what one felt yesterday isn’t to feel – it’s to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today’s living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.”

    Wise is he who enjoys the show offered by the world.”

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