Books have always been my platforms for escapism. I grew up with a voracious appetite for reading, and picked up anything with words on them. Our house, in the eastern part of Freetown, had a little study filled with books and I wold spend hours there. This room had a mahogany cupboard which housed all my story books ; the Jane and Peter series, Wind in the Willows, Thomas the Tank Engine , Postman Pat and many more.This was the place where I first fell in love with books and stories.
I have come across a few books that have either transported me or made me really push myself to have a different insight about life. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho,one of my favorite authors-is one of them .
I bought this book in 2014,and it has become a very handy bible in my life.
The plot is based on a pending attack in the city of Jerusalem in 1099. The night before the attack, people (young,old,rich,poor,men and women) gather around the Copt ( a wise man ) seeking answers to some of life’s biggest questions on love,beauty and the power of miracles.
Many parts of the book continue to speak to me. In the first chapter , the Copt is asked about defeat
“and within that cycle, there are either winners nor losers,only stages that must be gone through. When the human heart understands this,it is free and it is able to accept difficult times without being deceived by moments of glory.
Both will pass”
another quote says ” only he who gives up is defeated, everyone else is victorious”.
When the copt is asked about usefulness and I guess what some African millennials will call “making an impact”, the copt wisely says “don’t try to be useful,try to be yourself; that is enough and that makes all the difference”
There are so many more gems of wisdom in this book ,and I really recommend it as a summer reading. It taught me to be brave and believe in my dreams, and I hope it will do the same for you too.