Manual to go up mountains
By Paulo Coelho
1] it Chooses the mountain that wish to go up. You do not leave you carry by the comments of the other, that say «that is more beautiful» or «that goes up more easily». You go to spend a lot of energy and enthusiasm in achieving your aim and, therefore, are you the only responsible and have to be sure of what are doing.
2] Averigua how arrive in front of her. Many times we see the mountain of far, beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. But when we try to approach us, what occurs? That is surrounded of roads, that between you and your put interpose forests, that what seems clear in the map is difficult in the real life. Thus it tries to visit all the ways, all the both, until at last a day find you in front of the peak that pretend to achieve.
3] it Learns of the one who already walked by there. By more than you consider you only, always there will be somebody that had the same dream before that you and left marks that can facilitate you the route; places where place the rope, hammered, branches broken to facilitate the course. The trek is yours; the responsibility, also, but do not forget that the extraneous experience help a lot.
4] The dangers, seen closely, can control . When you begin to go up the mountain of your dreams, loans attention to what surrounds you. There is despeñaderos, clear; also cracks almost imperceptible and stones so pulidas by the storms that go back slippery like the ice. But if you know where you put the foot, will give you account of the dangers and will know to avoid them.
5] The landscape changes, so take advantage of it. Claro that it has to have an aim in mind: arrive to the high. But, to measure that goes going up, can see more things and does not cost at all detain from time to time and enjoy a bit of the panorama of around. To each metre conquered can see a bit more far; it takes advantage of this to discover things of which up to now had not given you account.
6] it Respects your body. Only it achieves to go up a mountain that that loans to his body the attention that deserves. You have all the time that gives you the life, so, when walking, do not demand you more than what can give. If you go too quickly, you will tire you and you will abandon to the half. If you do it too slowly, it will fall the night and will be lost. It takes advantage of the landscape, enjoys of the cool water of the manantiales and of the fruits that the nature generously offers you, but follows walking.
7] it Respects your soul. You do not repeat you all the while «go to achieve it». Your soul already knows it. What she needs is to use the long trek to be able to grow, extend by the horizon, achieve the sky. Of at all it serves an obsession for the research of an aim and, besides, finishes for going to rack and ruin the pleasure of the climbing. But attention: neither you repeat you «it is more difficult of what thought», as this will do you lose the inner strength.
8] Prepare you to walk a kilometre more. The route until the peak of the mountain is always main of what thought. You do not deceive you, it has to arrive the moment in that that that seemed near is still very far. But as you are had to arrive until there, this does not have to be a problem.
9] Gladden you when you arrive to the summit. It cries, it beats palms, shouts to the four winds that have achieved it, leaves that the wind there in the high (because there in the peak always does wind) purifique your mind, freshens your feet sweated and tired, opens the eyes, clean the dust of your heart. It thinks that what before was hardly a dream, a far vision, is now splits of your life. You achieved it.
10] Do a promise. It takes advantage of that you have discovered a strength that not even knew and say you to you same that, from now and during the rest of your days, go it to use. And, if possible, it promises also discover another mountain and part in a new adventure.
11] it Explains your history. Yes, it explains your history. It offers your example. I gave to all that it is possible, and like this other people will feel the value for enfrentarse to his own mountains.