Reading Paulo Coehlo’s The Valkyries in the Spirit of Christmas: Love, Courage and God’s Glory

In my attempt to make this celebration a meaningful one, beyond spending it with family and dearies, I decided to open this gift to self book I have long bought and is reserving for special occasion or for right moment to read and to explore.

I was first caught with this question on the first paragraph: ‘Something that is of great importance to me?’

And then the book ended up talking of love – true love, of courage to win and of angels. And reading it at this time when Jesus was born, I kind of connected these words J. said to Paulo in this occasion:

You have died and been reborn many times. All you have to do is remember

We do this yearly. We remember God’s love every 25th of December when he gave us Jesus. And then we become merry and joyous because we know we are loved and we are blessed. But what else do we need to remember?

It is for love, for victory and for the glory of God

LOVE

‘Love of God and of others shows us the way. Accept all that is wrong about us – and despite it, believe that we are deserving of a happy life – little by little our defects will disappear, because one who is happy can look at the world only with love

COURAGE

Have courage! Open your heart, and listen to what your dreams tell you. Follow those dreams, because only a person who is not ashamed can manifest the glory of God

GOD’S GLORY

You will still have many problems in your life, some of them normal, some of them difficult. But from now on, only God’s hand will be responsible for everything – you will interfere no more

God has the right to destroy me. I do not

If all these are that easy and simple, why is this question so disturbingly enlightening: Why do we always kill the things that we love?

And here are the words from Paulo in an attempt to make sense of it – of killing the things we love:

Because (we) are desperately in need of help. (We) have won important things for (ourselves), but we are going to destroy them, because we tell (ourselves) that they have lost their meaning. (We) know it’s not true. (We) know they are still important, and if (we) destroy them, (we’ll) be destroying ourselves as well … it’s just that the unknown was becoming too familiar to (us)

And Valhalla’s words:

Everyone has at some point in our lives, enter into such an agreement (not to win when victory is possible) … before long, (we) had destroyed all meaning in (our) lives because (we) just didn’t care about (ourselves) anymore

And it all boils down to finding meaning in our life – to answering the why’s? Why are we doing some things? Why are we celebrating this occasion? Why do we love and still believe in angels?

I kind of see myself in Rhoda who ‘have loved many … but spurned true love’.

And in Valhalla herself who, compared to Chris, Paulo’s wife, Valhalla ‘knew the arts of war by heart but had forgotten the lessons of love, knew the five rules of victory and had slept with every man she desires but she had forgotten the art of love’

May we all have a meaningful celebration this Christmas and may we not forget to spread love and light to all we come across with!

Some things are so important that you have to learn them on your own

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Chasing Dreams: Steady Saturday Down South with My Happy Pills

When things are going cray-cray, being with your cray-cray friends on a stressful Saturday is the surest way I know to keep me sane and steady. I love these nymphets to bits! Chasing happiness with them just comes naturally!

Finding the perfect place for lunch at Solenad, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Claw Daddy and Domo Tomo

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Playing around like what we always do, because we so missed Issa. Welcome home!

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Dessert Stop: Bag of Beans in Tagaytay (my favorite frozen blueberry cheesecake!)

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Hiking and photowalking and nature tripping at Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas

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Dinner at The Grill by Antonio’s in Tagaytay

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My bunch of happiness!

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Brown Bag Take Out: ‘It’s so easy to miss something you’re not looking for’

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This afternoon was the second Brown Bag session of our Company that I was able to attend since we started July.

The first was enlightening.
This one – amazingly disturbing :p

I can’t help but admire our speaker/resource person Mr. Arnold H. Anon (Mr. AHA!) because he succeeded in obtaining his objective for that 3-hour session – shake us, disrupt our thoughts, help us become aware.

My body’s physically dead tired right now but my mind keeps on thinking these words he has thrown at and shared with us.

The one that sticked to me the most – this: ‘It’s easy to miss something you’re not looking for’. Hmmm.

I haven’t given this a good and deep thought yet. But I’ll find time next time. I’ll make sure I won’t miss out on the greatness that lies behind these words.

For now, I’ll let it run through my head as long as it pleases. But the moment I catch up on it, it’ll stay put 🙂

Why are we so afraid to raise our hands? Why are we so not comfortable showing or exposing our vulnerabilities.

And then he told us …

‘It’s easy to let go. Life, after all is about choices. Live it full out’