Thursday, December 18, 2008

The free-est thing: Eleven Minutes: p96

I forgot to mention in the previous post, that the story of Maria in Eleven Minutes, is also biographical. Paulo Coelho met her in Geneva, through his agent. here is another profound extract from Maria's diary:

"If I were to tell someone about my life today, I could do it in a way that would make them think me a brave, happy, independent woman. Rubbish: I am not even allowed to mention the only word that is more important than the eleven minutes - love.
All my life, I thought of love as some kind of voluntary enslavement. Well, that's a lie: freedom only exists when love is present. The person who gives himself or herself wholly, the person who feels freest, is the person who loves most wholeheartedly.
And the person who loves wholeheartedly feels free.
That is why, regardless of what I might experience, do or learn, nothing makes sense.
I hope this time passes quickly, so that I can resume my search for myself - in the form of a man who understands me and does not make me suffer.
But what am I saying? In love, no one can harm anyone else; we are each of us responsible for our own feelings and cannot blame someone else for what we feel.
It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone.
That is the true experience of freedom: having the most important thing in the world without owning it."

Hmm.

3 comments:

Azra said...

"It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone."

So true Miss KS. You know what I truely believe? And I know I must have said this a hundred times before but I believe that we are prisoners of of our desires. We become enslaved to them. If we can control them by letting go of "wanting" anything...then we can be free. But as long as we "want"...we will always be in pursuit of something that we may never have and the agony and anguish that comes with that is the price to pay.

KimyaShafinaaz said...

profound words, as always ms A :)

yea.. and thats the quote that stood out for me. rightly so! it amazes me that loving isnt about a person, its a thread of unconditional energy that we become a part of for a time, meeting like souls and then possibly moving along the wave. they dont call it joyride for nothing :P

seher's shenanigans said...

I'd like to point out to 'It hurt when I lost each of the various men I fell in love with. Now, though, I am convinced that no one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone.'

... It really hurt when I lost THE ONE MAN I ROSE IN LOVE WITH, the men I fell in love with convinced me that it was their loss and I can now promise that years from now, each one of them will stop, think, and say, 'damn that woman really loved me'... but it would be too late as USUAL.

Thanks for inspiring Shafz.. yet again!