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“What Can We Learn From The Alchemist?”

Yesterday afternoon I took some time off and read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho…Although it was first published in 1993 and on several occasions I’ve seen others reading it…I never had.

Not sure why… the tittle alone would have signaled interest to me…I guess it’s just one of those things….however I greatly enjoyed it and was incredibly inspired…

The book confronts many of the ideas that I talk about on this blog and what I’ve discovered, thus far, from life…the things that stand between our dreams and the reality we seem to create despite ourselves….

Here’s a passage that, for me, sums up the central theme of the book, these ideas are liberating when one is confronting themselves and seeking a change of direction in life.

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him” his heart said. “We, people’s hearts seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them.  We speak of them only to children.  Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate.  But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them-the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness.  Most people see the world as a threatening place, and , because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly.  We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

“Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?” the boy asked the alchemist.

“Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.”

If you’re so inclined, pick up a copy of “The Alchemist”, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, my hope is, you’ll be inspired and encouraged to continue towards your dream, that thing that ignites a fire in you, a passion that has not died despite the demands of life.

As Always…Much Love

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