I read the novel By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho. In the novel there is a short story about a man who has all his life tried to get rich, but to no avail. Instead of getting rich he has run into heavy debt. Suddenly this man gets rich, however. When his friend asks, what is behind the success, he answers, that a few days before he still lived as the Other.

The man explains, that the Other is the kind of a man he has been raised to be. To worry about his livelihood and to be afraid of disappointments. His new self is ”just like everyone else who listens to their heart: a person who is enchanted by the mystery of life. Who is open to miracles, who experiences joy and enthusiasm for what they do.”

The man continues: ”When I learned this, I resolved to become the person I had always wanted to be. The Other stood there in the corner of my room, watching me, but I will never let the Other into myself again–even though it has already tried to frighten me, warning me that it’s risky not to think about the future. From the moment that I ousted the Other from my life, the Divine Energy began to perform its miracles.”

I don’t know, has Coelho himself succeeded in ousting the Other from his life, but at least he has brilliantly crystallized, what is the art of living.

Lasse