I just finished another book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. This is one I’m sure many have read. It seems I may be one of the few who had yet to embark on this literary journey, but sometimes life brings us things when we are ready; at the right moment. I believe this was definitely an opportune time for me to discover this enlightening & thought provoking novel.
There is always a doubt that resurfaces, time and again, especially during the winter months, of whether my chosen passion is worth the time, energy, and sacrifice I’ve made or am making towards it. Mostly the doubts revolve around money. When something requires financial expenses and there is little to go around, it can cause stress and hesitation to keep pursuing these dreams. Reading this book, at this moment in time, is an omen to me. A reassurance and affirmation that when legends are discovered through the heart; in conjunction with, the soul of the world, life’s circumstances will support; guide; and assist us.
The following are quotes I bookmarked as I read because they really touched me and were important to note for future reference. I wanted to share them with you in hopes it will touch you, inspire you, or intrigue you to read the book; if, like me, you are one of the few who have not discovered it yet. Then, there are some who might want to revisit it; this is a book I could see touching a person differently depending on what point in their life they read it.
…..”It prepares your spirit & 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”…..
….”If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”….
….He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to & something he wanted to have…..
….Before the boy could reply, a butterfly appeared between him & the old man. He remembered something his grandfather had once told him: that butterflies were a good omen. Like crickets, & like grasshoppers; like lizards & four-leaf clovers….
This quote above really resonated and touched me. After my father died, I wrote a poem about a butterfly that was read at his eulogy. Then in my senior yearbook, a baby picture was featured in the “Baby Faces” section (along with other fellow classmates’). It included a quote by my mother who wrote a personalized message for me, which read:
“Anne, May there always be lots of butterflies in your life to remind you that even sad times can turn into happy moments. Thanks for being a butterfly lover.” Love, Mom💕🦋🦋💕
I remember someone in my class coming up to me and making a snide comment about this quote my mom wrote for me. It was very different from all the rest and very special to us in a unique and personal way. At the time I recall wishing she had just written something “normal.” Now I am so grateful for this precious, sacred message that means more to me today than it did then!
….In his pursuit of the dream, he was being constantly subjected to tests of his persistence & courage. So he could not be hasty, nor impatient. If he pushed forward impulsively, he would fail to see the signs & omens left by God along his path. That’s why I want you to continue to work your goal. If you have to wait until the war is over, then wait. But if you have to go before then, go on in pursuit of your dream. The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert never changes. That’s the way it will be with our love for each other….
….He knew that any given thing on the face of the earth could reveal the history of all things. One could open a book to any page, or look at a person’s hand; one could turn a card, or watch the flight of the birds… whatever the thing observed, one could find a connection with his experience of the moment. Actually, it wasn’t that those things, in themselves, revealed anything at all; it was just that people, looking at what was occurring around them, could find a means of penetration to the Soul of the World….
….”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 it’s 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….
….”It’s true that everything has its Personal Legend, but one day that Personal Legend will be realized. So each thing has to transform itself into something better, and to acquire a new Personal Legend, until, someday, the Soul of the World becomes one thing only.”…..
I loved the solaced and meditative personal journey of the main character in this book. It was peaceful, intriguing, and relatable; even though very unlike any experiences I have ever had. It truly illuminated my senses, allowing me a new perspicacity by presenting parallels to my own life through analogies that evoked emotion & insight; while presenting nature and the soul of the world, as it relates to the human spirit & its unity, in such a wondrous and touching way. It was deep and full of metaphors & symbolism but in a simple and relatable way. An eye opening, soul searching reflection on life that captures the reader and takes them to a place of contemplation, rumination, & insight.
Take a step back & contemplate what your personal legend is. Then pursue it sagaciously & reflectively while observing the Language of the World (a key expression mentioned throughout the book). It is what unites us; binding us together, to the Soul of the World, so we can fulfill our individual Personal Legends that once effectuated, illuminates peace.
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