We try to be what other people think of as 'pretty' and, little by little, our soul fades, our will weakens, and all the potential we had to make the world a more beautiful place withers away.
We forget that the world is what we imagine it to be.
We stop being the moonlight and become, instead, the pool of water reflecting it. Tomorrow, the water will evaporate in the sun. And all because, one day, someone said: 'You are ugly.' Or: 'She is pretty.' With those three simple words, they stole away all our self-confidence.
And we become ugly and embittered.
Manuscript found in Accra.
Paulo Coehlo posted that on his facebook page and as I read through it, I could not agree more. I kept thinking, 'Sometimes we get so caught up in the world's definition of WHAT instead of WHO we are that we forget ourselves. And when we're old enough to realize and try to change, it is already late. It is therefore important to stay TRUE to ourselves and try not to be what the world says we should be.'