Sealed Lip

The disciple of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov went to him:

“I cannot talk to God.”

“This often happens,” said Nachman. “We feel that our lips are sealed, or that the words do not come. However, the simple fact that effort is needed to overcome the situation, is a beneficial attitude.”

“But it is not enough,” insisted the disciple.

“You are right. At such times, what you must do is look up and say: “My God, I am far from You and cannot believe in my voice.”

“For, in truth, God listens and always answers. It is only we who cannot speak, fearful that He is not paying attention.”

Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian author who has sold more than 100 million books, which include 14 short story collections and the novel “The Alchemist.” He has been a fan of the Internet since the early 1990s. He spends at least three hours a day online, writing e-mails back and forth with his readers and posting photos on Flickr, MySpace and a blog.

Coelho’s online activities also include promoting pirated copies of his own books. Since 2005 he’s been directing his readers to an online site where they can download his books, in languages from German to Japanese, for free. “I always thought that when, at the beginning of your career, you strive to be read, you can’t change your mind later and become greedy about it.”

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