Someone recently texted me a quote from one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, that reads “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” The text came at a very bad time for me but immediately brightened my spirit.
Coelho is an excellent writer and gifted storyteller. I first learned of him when I read The Alchemist and I became an instant fan. The Alchemist is described as a “modern classic, universally admired” book that resonates with individuals seeking their own personal legend (what you have always wanted to accomplish in life). This is always a timely message because most of us function in rote societal behavior like robots and never truly experience a fulfilled joy of living one’s life dreams because it’s not mainstream or acceptable. Coelho’s books are considered inspiring because he always infuses a larger spiritual message. Amazon describes him as “one of the most influential authors of our times” citing that his books have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, released in 170 countries and been translated into 80 languages. If you don’t read any other book he has written, at least read The Alchemist, or share it with someone who may be struggling with finding direction in their life.
His newest book, Adultery: A Novel, was published this past August, and I plan to pick up a copy today. Now some may be turned off by the title and storyline because I am somewhat skeptical, but Coelho always has an enlightening message that is rooted in identifying with one’s personal legend. Sometimes we can’t have meaningful dialogue on deeply personal subjects when we are closed-minded and unfortunately adultery happens way too often for us not to at least understand the nuances behind people’s motivation. Personally, I think adultery is wrong, but I also think it’s wrong that people remain in loveless marriages and create personal misery for one another. I’m not quite sure that it’s meant for people to live in hopeless despair and if one person is miserable in a relationship, then both people are going to be miserable. If you watch just one episode of the popular television drama, Scandal, and you can’t deny the intriguing nuances of why people commit adultery. While many people say they tune in for the plot lines, which are pretty good, there are millions of “Gladiators” rooting for Fitz and Olivia’s relationship. And if you’ve watched the popular Netflix drama, House of Cards, the main character Frank Underwood and his wife, Claire, engage in adulterous affairs very matter of factly. And of course, we all know that television and movies are imitations of real life behaviors.