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Noipap Chapter 11 / Second Part

Life is a Lesson

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-But if I keep trying and I bump into locked doors?

-It depends on your intention. Your intentions, whether correct or not, can open or lock doors for you. And I do not mean physical doors, but the ones that lead to a better life. Woe betide he who enters an opened door with bad intentions! Even if for a while it looks like a success, sooner or later fate will have its say! One way or another, he will curse the door he entered. Why do we think we can trick life? It’s time to wake up and understand that we simply trick ourselves!!

-Airam, how can I express myself to the others if they don’t understand me?

-I can only tell you that when you express yourself, you need to be calm, clear, and consistent! As for making others understand you… I can’t help you with that.

-What do you mean you can’t?! Papion asked, alarmed.

-Even if you could talk down to everyone, that doesn’t mean you can make them all understand you. So far no one has managed to do that. You have to give up worrying about what others may think of you! Have the courage to be always yourself. That is the greatest obligation to you! When you are real, without masks, everything will become clearer. Remember that the ones who love you love the good they see in you, not what you want to show. Think of how many of us wear masks all day long. They do not know who they are and what they want anymore. If they had the courage to be natural, to accept themselves as they really are without worrying about what others might say, and if they would instead try to correct their faults and develop their skills, wouldn’t they start to slowly understand who they really are and know exactly what they wish for? Wouldn’t it be an easier life knowing exactly who you are and what you want to become? If you’re doing everything you can to achieve your dream, when you go through tough times, it will be easier for you to accept them! It’s a virtue to go further, through the joys and hardships of life with enthusiasm! It’s a blessing knowing that everything is happening to teach you how to become better, stronger! Then, every day passes for a reason; it brings you closer to your dream! Wouldn’t it be better for us to understand that life is not a struggle? Life is a continuous lesson that helps us grow!!

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Noipap A Soul Story

Chapter 11

Some words and a story

After a hard day that was meant to change Papion’s life, he didn’t tell the butterfly a thing about what had happened, but asked her:

-Airam, how can I change myself, when I’m so afraid of losing what I have? How can I express myself to the others when they don’t understand me?

-Let’s take your questions one at a time, starting with the fear of losing. If you’re really satisfied with your life, there’s nothing to change.

You should go ahead with what are you doing!

If, however, you are dissatisfied with what you have and you want to change something, how can you be afraid to lose something you don’t like? So rather than assume certain risks, you prefer to accept a life of discontent?!?

As for the fear of losing, let’s imagine a thirsty man in the desert.

He carries a water container that’s so rotten that the interior walls are filmed with greenish bacteria. Outside it has been raining for some time. Just sitting with his mouth open, he fails to swallow enough water to quench his thirst. Because of his fear of running out of the water he carries, he refuses to spill it and he keeps the lid closed. During this time he wishes for a cup of clean water so much, and he keeps hoping that one will show up… but nothing. Instead, he keeps his mouth open, allowing the raindrops to enter, but he doesn’t manage to appease his thirst.

If he wants fate to smile at him, wouldn’t it be better to understand that it is unlikely for a clean cup of water to appear out of nowhere? Wouldn’t it be easier to empty the one he is carrying, rinse it clean, and let the rain fill it? asked the beautiful lady butterfly.

-Yes, of course, he’d do that, the last fool would do that! No one would hold the lid closed, keeping water that doesn’t serve them anymore, Papion answered. -You know, the one who is afraid that the rain might stop, the one who doesn’t know how long the rain in the desert lasts, the one who doesn’t understand that at that moment the rain is his salvation wouldn’t give up the water in his container! -Okay… but I was talking about life in general.

-And I tell you: Your life is like a container, and you are not satisfied with the contents!! You need to open the lid—that is, to open your mind and remove from your life everything that harms you, and make room for everything you want! You see, we’ve got the wrong idea about what it means to give up. We don’t understand that when we take responsibility for giving something up, we’re just making space for better things that life can offer us!

-And if one aims too high? If his aspirations are really high?

-It doesn’t matter how high you aim, it matters that you understand that in order to succeed, you need lots of practice!! Only if you continue to improve yourself will you succeed! But you need to keep trying until the day you make it!

-All right, but how about waiting for a time when you’re more prepared?

-The best moment to do something with your life is NOW!!! You can’t just sit around and wait for things to change. Inaction is the worst thing for someone who is not satisfied with his life!

I recently received a box with a Tibetan talisman from a dear friend. An image of Buddha and a lotus flower were painted on the box, along with this statement: “ There is nothing more constant in life than change.”

Dear Papion, I really think that life is constantly changing and it all depends on your choices. After all, everything is a choice!

In this moment, you choose to listen to me or not.

You choose whether to act or not!

So remember: Don’t believe everything will remain the same if you do nothing; on the contrary, life goes on! It’s up to you to determine whether your life will be as you wish, or if you will live forever with emptiness because you won’t consider your feelings, your dreams, and what you can become.

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Ithaka by C. P. CAVAFY

“As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.”

TRANSLATED BY EDMUND KEELEY

Source: poetryfoundation.org

C. P. Cavafy, “The City” from C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Translation Copyright © 1975, 1992 by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Reproduced with permission of Princeton University Press.
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