Like a Flowing River

RoseA rose dreamed day and night about bees, but no bee ever landed on her petals.

The flower, however, continued to dream. During the long nights, she imagined a heaven full of bees, which flew down to bestow fond kisses on her. By doing this, she was able to last until the next day, when she opened again to the light of the sun.

One night, the moon, who knew of the rose’s loneliness, asked : ‘Aren’t you tired of waiting?’

‘Possibly, but I have to keep trying.’


‘Because if I don’t remain open, I will simply fade away.’

At times, when loneliness seems to crush all beauty, the only way to resist is to remain open.

— A Story From ‘Like A Flowing River — Paulo Coelho’


14 thoughts on “Like a Flowing River

  1. purple says:

    remaining open is much harder than one imagines … but it is the best way, perhaps the only way.

    • summerrain63 says:

      I found this little excerpt while I was out reading one day….I loved it…even looked up this author and read some more….kinda partial to this one as it meant something to me and my name is Rose….so it seemed it was for me….silly I know….anyways…I wanted to keep it and share it…am I babbling this morning…??…giggling too

  2. Greeneyes says:

    leaving open our dreams…can be easier than keeping open our hearts, especially if our minds say it hurt last time or the time before….be cautious…
    love the post …smart rose….one that knows what is essential to her existence…kiss kiss lil miss….i am off to find some of those dreams

  3. saffy says:

    Loved this excerpt…yeah i googled him too…keep dreaming sweet Rose…Hugs & butterly kisses xxx

  4. saffy says:

    Looks up…ugghhh old habits with new outcomes…i hope you like butterly kisses…do you think they’re good for the complexion? Hehehe xxx

  5. saffy says:

    Psssttt…i missed the ‘f’ out…

    A question…did you already know what the warm fuzzies actually were? Hehehe xxx

  6. Charles says:

    i can’t read this very well, but i do love the image.

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