This is an excerpt from “Manuscript Found in Accra”, by Paulo Coelho, pages 40-41. I read it last night and finished it this morning. Thank you, Mom, for sharing this gem.
Ask the flower in the field: “Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over.”
And the flower will answer: “I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.”
Ask the river:”Do you feel useful, given that all you do is keep flowing in the same direction?”
And the river will answer: “I’m not trying to be useful; I’m trying to be a river.”
Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. Not a leaf from a tree falls,not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use. Everything has a reason to exist.
Even you, the person asking the question: ” I’m useless” is the answer you give yourself.
Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep, and try to have a little fun whenever possible.
Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself; that is enough, and that makes all the difference.
Walk neither faster nor slower than your own soul, because it is your soul that will teach you the usefulness of each step that you take. Sometimes taking part in a great battle will be the thing that will help change the course of history. But sometimes you can do that simply by smiling, for no reason, at someone you happen to pass on the street.
Without intending to, you might have saved the life of a complete stranger, who also thought he was useless and might have been ready to kill himself until a smile gave him hope and confidence.
May we all understand the wisdom in his words and find and feel our usefulness. And until we do, may we courageously walk forward so that our soul can teach it to us. Enjoy your day!