One of my favourite books by Paulo Coelho, The Witch of Portobello. These are one of my favourite parts from the book.
The question of what is a teacher has played a role in my life since reading this is my high school period.
‘What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows’.
In most cases it is women who are bothered by the idea of dieting or losing weight. Although, eating disorders are experienced by both male and females. Reading this next part left a mark in my life as I turned away from the media’s perception of being “thin”.
‘We have survived for all these millennia because we have been able eat. And now that seems to have become a curse. Why? What is it that makes women at forty years old, want to have the same body that they had when they were young? Is it possible to stop time? Of course not. And why should we be thin? We don’t need to be thin… Eat in moderation, but take pleasure in eating: it isn’t what enters a person mouth that’s evil, but what leaves it. Remember that for millennia we have struggled in order to keep from starving. Whose idea was it that we had to be thin all of our lives? Use the energy and effort you put into dieting to nourish yourself with spiritual bread. Respect that and you will get no fatter than passing time demands. Instead of artificially burning those calories, try to transform them into the energy required to fight for your DREAMS’.