Book Review

On Inspiration and Motivation

warrior of lightAt certain points in life, we fail and become frail. Yet the moment we choose to hold on to these failures, we lose the beauty of life.

The Manual of the Warrior of Light is one of the books I turn to when I need inspiration and motivation after a stressful day. It is my refuge at times when I want to shut myself out of the world and recharge for the next day’s hustle and bustle. Yes! I have read the book for the nth time already but I am still trying to fathom its teachings and implications to my life.

The book was published in 1997 by Paulo Coelho following the success of his The Fifth Mountain novel. It encapsulates all his teachings about spirituality and the meaning of life. The premise of the novel is simple: to convey to the readers the importance of knowing oneself in order to understand the world as it is. It is about putting on a child’s heart to understand what’s going on, thereby creating a spirit of fortitude in you.

Let me share to you the passages that inspired me a lot.

ˮA warrior does not need to be reminded of the help given him by others; he is the first to remember and makes sure to share with them any rewards he receives.˝

˝The warrior knows that he is free to choose his desires, and he makes these decisions with courage, detachment and – sometimes – with just a touch of madness. ˝

˝A warrior of light does not rely on strength alone, he makes use of his
opponent’s energy too.
When he enters the fight, all he has is his enthusiasm and the moves and strikes that he learned during his training. As the fight progresses, he discovers that enthusiasm and training are not enough to win: what counts is experience. ˝

˝Do not be ashamed to make a temporary withdrawal from the field if you see that your enemy is stronger than you; it is not winning or losing a single battle that matters, but how the war ends. ˝

˝Even if you are very strong, never be ashamed to feign weakness; this will make your enemy act imprudently and attack too soon. ˝

˝The man who defends his friends is never overwhelmed by the storms of life; he is strong enough to come through difficulties and to carry on. ˝

˝He knows that he has learned something with every battle he has fought, but many of those lessons have caused him unnecessary suffering. More than once he has wasted his time fighting for a lie. And he has suffered for people who did not deserve his love. ˝

˝Victors never make the same mistake twice. That is why the warrior only risks his heart for something worthwhile. ˝

˝I’ve been through all this before,’ he says to his heart.
‘Yes, you have been through all this before,’ replies his heart. ‘But you have never been beyond it. ‘

Then the warrior realizes that these repeated experiences have but one aim: to teach him what he does not want to learn. ˝

˝A warrior does not spend his days trying to play the role that others have chosen for him. ˝

˝He knows what he is capable of; he does not have to go about the world boasting of his qualities and virtues. Nevertheless, there is always someone who wants to prove himself better than he is. ˝

˝The consequences of our actions are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.’˝

What’s your motivation then?

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