I plan to write a short article about another part of ‘Brida’, one of Paulo Coelho’s novel which I had read recently. While I was reading the novel, which was almost two months back, as I reached this part, after reading a couple of lines, I knew that this had to go down in my blog. I really enjoyed this passage as it deals with something simple, and gives you an all new perspective about it. It talks about ‘Mistakes’.

We as humans all make mistakes. As goes the English proverb, ‘To err is human, to forgive is divine.’ I am sorry, I am a  little mixed up, perhaps that proverb is not the same as I quoted, but it definitely carries the same essence. Inevitably, we all make mistakes, they may be as simple as forgetting a pen while going to work, or huge like forgetting the train tickets when on the way to the railway station. Some mistakes go unnoticed and do not cause problems, while others can cause huge disturbances in personal and public life. So mistakes are something which everyone is afraid to make. If any of my readers out there are working, they would realize the weight of the fact, how much harm can mistakes cause in one’s work place; because there everything you do or say matters. And to top it all, nobody ever forgets your mistakes. Good deeds are soon forgotten, but mistakes stick around for a long-long time.

So when I came across this passage in the book about mistakes, and that too stressing the ‘importance’ of mistakes, I penned it down, to put it up here for my readers. So here it goes for all those guys who have not yet read ‘Brida’ [SPOILER ALERT]:

This part is when Brida (the main character of the story, for more details, read my last article) in the story completes her initiation as a witch and has a vision about the Teacher of ‘Wicca’ (Wicca was Brida’s teacher). The teacher says that you are lucky for you have realised your gift, most of the people on this earth do not realise their gifts and thus fail to fulfil the purpose of their births.

Hearing this, Brida feels that she now has a huge responsibility of fulfilling her life’s goal, worried that she would not be able to life her life as simply like she used to, she says:

“ I have a life ahead of me, I want to live that life like anyone else. I want to be close to people, I want to be able to make mistakes, to be selfish, to have faults.’

The teacher replies: “ You can only be close to people if you are one of them. Life is about making mistakes, Cells went on reproducing in the same way for millions of years, until one of them made a mistake, and introduced change into that endless cycle of repetition. It was a mistake that set the world in motion, never be afraid of making a mistake.”

“But adam and Eve were driven out of paradise because of a mistake.”

“And they will return ne day knowing the miracles of the heavens and all of the world. God knew what he was doing when he drew their attention to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If he hadn’t wanted them to eat it, he would have never mentioned it.”

“So why did he then?”

“In order to set the world into motion.”

The story goes on, but this is the part I wished to share with you. The logic and thinking that Paulo has applied to the event of making a mistake, citing the examples of mutations in cells and the beginning of the world due to the Tree of Knowledge In the Bible, make you really wonder about the importance and effects of mistakes. The story of Adam and Eve eating the apple from the Tree of Knowledge is so different in the Bible. The Bible states in a very aggressive manner that they were banished from Paradise due to not obeying the words of God. But Paulo has given it an entirely new
meaning and reason, which I must say s quite convincing and makes you wonder.

And the examples are so not limited to these, most of the discoveries in the world were by mistake. Take X rays for that matter, heck, take America for that matter. Columbus discovered America by mistake, while on a quest to search a route to India-I know you already know the story, but just wished to write a line. So this point that Paulo has made in this chapter of his book, really touched me and made me wonder. We think so much about trying to avoid mistakes, worry our wits out, and yet the greatest things on the planet are mistakes.

So guys, don’t worry about making mistakes, that is how you learn. ‘Its not winning if you know how to run, it is winning, if you know how to stand up every time you fall.’

Lear Heony