Monday, June 20, 2011

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Inspirational Book To Transform Your Life - Achievement And Goal Setting

“He had studied Latin, Spanish and theology. But ever since he had been a child, he had wanted to know the world, and this was much more important to him than knowing God and learning about man’s sins. One afternoon, on a visit to his family, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father that he didn’t want to become a priest. That he wanted to travel.”
“’It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.’ 

Following the dream
This belief is a marvelous one, a support for anyone embarking on a major project. Nevertheless, is it a hope based on nothing? If you think about the energy you put into something once you are committed to it, probably not. The “universe conspiring” to give you what you want is, more precisely, a reflection of your determination to make something happen.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it—boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

The Alchemist is remarkable for being a love story that renounces  the  idea that romantic love must be the central thing in your life.  Each person has a destiny to pursue that exists independently of other people. It is the thing that you would do, or be, even if you had all the love and  money you want. Too often we see a love relationship as the meaning of our life, but the obsession with romantic coupling can cut us off from a life more connected with the rest of the world.

In a nutshell
We too easily give up on our dreams, yet the universe is always ready to help us fulfill them.

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