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 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


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


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


Signs that the Starbucks Planner Season Is On!

Aside from Christmas and all the good things that come with it, there is this craze I look forward to every year when the Ber months are already here – the Starbucks Planner Season! It’s just so hard to miss this one.

What are the signs that this craze is on?

1. Business Meetings, Meet-Ups and Friends’ Hangouts have one one thing in common – a visit at any Starbucks coffee shop. Really, the number of customers who go to Starbucks stores double and Starbucks is always the top of mind coffee shop whenever there’s a get-together these days.

2. There is always this friendly agreement before placing an order – who gets to own the sticker. Since everyone wants it and almost everyone needs THAT sticker, trust me, you’ll always hear this while you’re lining up to have your cup.

3. Coffee preferences change – Even if you’re a coffee lover of a certain kind, you’ll find yourself buying either of these two seasonal favorites: Toffee Nut and of course my very own addiction (Hot Venti) Peppermint Mocha.

Starbucks and Starbucks planner are love! And they made this even lovelier this year with these words written on the cup: WHEN WE’RE TOGETHER I KNOW I’LL NEVER FALL. (Awww … my heart melts with this one).

I can’t wait to have my 2012 planner! Starbucks, anyone? 🙂 Oh, I just have one wish, though: Spell my name right , next time, yo! 🙂 Haha. Tsss 🙂