“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle
Paulo Coelho has written many books like the Alchemist, Eleven minutes and Aleph. His wisdom and understanding teach us to search within, and discover our real treasure.
He tells the story of three Gods who want to hide the secret of life from humankind.
One day the gods were discussing the secret of life and where they should hide it so that men and women could not find it.
Bury it under a mountain, one god suggests. No, the others counter, they will find a way to dig up the mountain and uncover it.
Put the secret of life in the depths of the deepest ocean, another god suggests. No, the others say, one day they will find a way to travel to the depths of the ocean and will find it there.
Put the secret inside them, suggests another, they will never think to look for it there. All the gods agreed, and so the secret of life was hidden within us.
Whenever I struggle, I often want to run or find a solution outside myself.
In the stillness. In my pain. The answers are always within.