Chile: Wise Words and Ways to Help

by Keith Savage · 2 comments

A recent interview with Isabel Allende appeared on Gadling in which she spoke of the devastation in her home country, Chile. When asked what message she’d like to give to Americans reading her interview, she said:

There is no safety in the world, as anyone who is not a spoiled idiot knows. Relax. You are not in control. Bad things happen. Good things happen. We can lose everything material in an instant but we can always start again from scratch. Human resilience is astounding. Fear is useless; an open heart works much better. Breathe, love, give, rejoice, share, know your neighbor, and don’t waste time in pettiness. Sorry, I sound like a preacher, but this is the lesson I am learning this week in my devastated and beloved country.

So many life lessons in such a short paragraph. Does it take tragedy to reveal them so clearly? We tend to hide these simple truths in our self-made overly-complex everyday lives. Take a moment to reintroduce yourself.

Fear is useless. You are stronger than you know.

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backpacking-travel-guideNo Gravatar March 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Wow! Very powerful! Thank so much for the post. Very wise!

floretaNo Gravatar March 10, 2010 at 11:34 PM

said with such clarity. i love that!
.-= floreta´s last blog ..How to Learn a New Language in Adulthood =-.

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