Today I stumbled upon a quote drawn by “The Zahir”, a book by Paulo Coelho, published in 2005.
Zahir is an Arabic word. In psychology it means a recurring thought the mind can not stop thinking of. An obsession, but also something we strongly want without getting it.
It’s uncommon to me, but I was struck by these words. I read them, and I thought they were incredibly true. So true that I had goosebumps.
That’s why I want to share this quote with you.
“They say that throughout our lives we have two great loves: one with whom you marry or live forever, maybe the father or mother of your children… that person you reach the maximum understanding to spend the rest of your life with.
And they say that there is a second great love, a person you will always lose. Someone with whom you were born connected, so connected that the chemical forces elude reason and will prevent you, always, from reaching a happy ending. Until one day you will forsake trying… You will give up and seek that other person to finally find her or him.
But I assure you that you will not spend a single night without the need of another kiss from him or her, or even arguing one more time…
You all know what I’m talking about, because while you were reading this, his or her name has come to your mind.
You will get rid of him or her, you will stop suffering, you will succeed in finding peace (by replacing him or her for calm), but I assure you there will not be a day without you looking forward for him or her to be here disturbing you.
Because sometimes, you radiate more energy arguing with someone you love, than making love with someone you appreciate.”
Paulo Coelho, The Zahir (2005)
My answer is yes. The name appeared in my thoughts in less than a millisecond.
Isn’t it curious? Strange? A little eerie?
I think it’s all these adjectives, but also magic, sad and melancholic at the same time.
I will surely buy the novel; until now I didn’t read many books by Coelho. It’s time to begin!