Wonder: Your example is everything – a lesson from Paulo Coelho

“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.” ~Paulo Coelho

I listened to Krista Tippett interview Paulo Coelho this week. I was struck by the sadness of his early life followed by the triumph of his success as a writer and philosopher. What surprised and inspired me most, was his lack of bitterness. Not once did he sound like he felt sorry for himself, even when he was raw and honest about his brutal childhood. It made me look at his beautiful prose in a whole new light. His stories come from within. He doesn’t think the world owes him anything. He’s not afraid to love. He doesn’t look to anyone or anything external to define him. There is a sparkle to him that comes through in every word, in every medium. To me, he is the prime example of a life well-lived and well-loved.