I recently finished reading Paulo Coelho's book, "The Witch of Portobello." Coelho is one of the most beloved writers of our time. Like his book "The Alchemist," "The Witch of Portobello" was a powerful tome about love, passion, joy and sacrifice.
Here are a few of my favorite passages:
"Try to feel good about yourself even when you feel like the least worthy of creatures. Reject all those negative thoughts and let the Mother take possession of your body and soul; surrender yourself to the dance or to silence or to ordinary, everyday activities -- like taking your son to school, preparing supper, making sure the house is tidy. Everything is worship if your mind is focused on the present moment."
"Reprogram yourself every minute of each day with thoughts that make you grow. When you're feeling irritated or confused try to laugh at yourself. Laugh out loud at this woman tormented by doubts and anxieties, convinced that her problems are the most important thing in the world. Laugh at the sheer absurdity of the situation..."
"When you are washing up, pray. Be thankful that there are plates to be washed; that means there was food, that you fed someone, that you've lavished care on one or more people, that you cooked and laid the table. Imagine the millions of people at this moment who have absolutely nothing to wash up and no one for whom to lay the table."