A man was traveling from one city to another when he heard that a ferocious battle had taken place and that his cousin was among the wounded soldiers. He rushed to the place and saw that his cousin was on death’s door.


Author – Paulo Coelho

He offered him a little water from his canteen, but just at that moment another wounded soldier beside him groaned, and the cousin asked him to give the water to his neighbor.

“But if I go over there, you may not survive! All your life you have been always so generous!”

Gathering his last ounce of strength, the wounded man replied:

“That’s another reason to be generous, now that I’m about to die.”

Paulo Coelho: In recent years, it’s become a tradition to give graduates a copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” Not to discredit the great poet, but my favorite graduation gift is instead a copy of Coelho’s The Alchemist…