Rough patches in life

My experience with rough patches

I read this section of The Zahir by Paulo Coelho and its something I would like to share because its something that you can draw strength upon if your in a current rough patch now and blame the world for how it could still move on and be so beautiful when your in so much pain.

“God knows we are all artists of life. One day, He gives us a hammer with which to make sculptures, another He gives brushes and paints with which to make a picture or a paper and pencil to write with. But you cannot make a painting with a hammer, or a sculpture with a paintbrush. Therefore, however difficult it may be, I must accept today’s small blessings even if they seem like curses because I’m suffering and its a beautiful day, the sun is shining and the children are singing on the street. This is the only way I will manage to leave my pain behind and rebuild my life.” -The Zahir by Paulo Coelho


I read in Paulo Coelho’s books that a certain tribe of people always describe the sky as being the colour blue. Because even when the clouds are grey and it is raining, behind the clouds is still the sky in that devastatingly beautiful shade of blue.

This is very much like life. Even though, you may be in a certain kind of rough patch, and all you can see is that of darkness and you simply see no light. But you must remember to see past it all.

For what lies behind the darkness and what lies behind your pain and your problems, is the beautiful life that you have created thus far. What lies behind is the happiness and moments of joy that you have experienced. And your life, through all the rough patches and the pain, will always be described as being devastatingly beautiful, just like that of the blue blue sky.