Today we move a bit out of personal development because we are developed enough as French clairvoyant Franck Lopvet would say 😉
La nuit de feu has been written by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, author of the book “Monsieur Ibrahim And The Flowers of the Qu’ran“.
Although the book La nuit de feu is not yet translated into English, I am happy to give you the 10 gems of that book for our own life my friend my sister.
1. Whose path are we on?
The author of The night of fire is wondering in the book if the life path he chose is really his.
I met so many people who chose their career to please their parents, only to be miserable in their job. Maybe it is time to choose our own path my friend my sister, to take responsibility for our happiness. In the end, all our parents want is for us to be safe and healthy, isn’t it?
2. When studying misleads us
I am a big advocate of going back to college, as I have the experience of doing it myself and becoming a lawyer.
However, I do not consider studying and getting diplomas as a recipe for a happy life. Sometimes being too focused on the brain and rationality brings us far away from our heart and intuition. In the book, the author regrets that studying did not spark his intuition, creativity and imagination.
3. Another look on everyday life
It is too easy to get engrossed into one’s problem and forget to look at the tiny miracles that surround us every day.
There is true magic in little things, in the present moment, here and now my friend my sister.
4. The meaning of things
Nobody deserve trauma and pain. Yet so many of us experienced a traumatic event in our past. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt writes that everything has a meaning, everything is justified.
From now on, I try to look at circumstances with inquiry and curiosity, keeping in mind that even if I don’t understand the meaning of things, it exists.
5. Traveling and open-mindedness
The first travel I did after years of never taking holidays was in Cabo Verde, Africa. It gave me such a boost in my life. Whenever I travel somewhere and discover new things, I feel like I am experiencing a growth spurt.
In the book, the author writes about traveling as letting go, encountering the unknown and loosing our comfort to find ourselves again.
6. Being happy to have known each other
Yes I am terribly sad when I think of this man I loved and lost and who was also such a close friend. But I don’t want to swim in the grief pond forever. I want to have the image of his face next to the true happiness of having been able to know him for a while.
In The night of fire, two men are building a strong friendship during a trip to the Sahara desert. When time comes to say goodbye, without the possibility of seeing each other again, this is all that matters: the happiness to have know each other.
7. Remembering what really matters
When the friends separate in the book, the Saharian guide gives his best advice to his friend: “Never forget the unforgettable”. I want to keep the unforgettable memories like a treasure inside my heart.
8. Keeping a mind open and curious
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt shares that certitudes bring death. There is nothing more dangerous that someone who is sure to have the truth. Humility is key to a life respectful of others. Humility allows growth, curiosity, tolerance, an open mind and a compassionate heart.
9. Sharing is caring
The person who says she has the answers to everything will not be taken seriously. But the man or woman who bravely shares some of his/her experience can change lives. Not because one experience is directly applicable to another person’s life, but because sharing stems from the heart. Our impact on people is impossible to foresee. This is why I admire so much people who share their stories.
10. Moving forward towards the true self
In the book La nuit de feu, the author has a leitmotiv during his quest in the desert: “Somewhere, my true self is waiting for me“. I love this image of a never-ending path towards truth, honesty and self knowledge.
Happy reading my friend my sister!