Positive psychology in poetry
When it comes to understanding positive psychology, there really is no competition between prose and poetry.
Today, Paulo Coelho quoted a passage from his book By The River Piedra I sat Down and Wept, the first in the triology about a week in the life of someone ordinary to whom something extraordinary happens. You must read it for yourself.
Positive psychology in prose
In prose, which is no substitute, this is what he said.
Every day there is a moment when a miracle is possible. It doesn’t announce itself. It is easily missed. And it is likely to present itself in the most unlikeliest ways. In a humdrum guise, or as to lowly that it is not worth earthly notice.
When we look back on our day or our year or our life, we want to look back on those miraculous moments when we were fully attentive and our understanding changed in a flash and our lives changed too.
Because these moments are easy to miss, it is very easy to spend a whole day attending only to what we know. To make sure we never miss those glancing moments, we have to pay attention, expectantly to everything around us.
So we slow down and live a less cluttered life. To be sure, the more we pack in, the more we are likely not pay attention to anything.
And even when life is slow, when our company is dull, when we yearn to be elsewhere, we can still pay attention to the moment, and look out for a miracle. It may not come in that hour. There are no promises. But it might.
Don’t miss it.
Don’t spend a day without having noticed a miraculous moment when the universe converges and you were there.
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