Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Inspiration from the Alchemist

Yesterday, I finished reading a little paperback that I won from Kelley Lynn's 100 followers giveaway (thanks!). It was THE ALCHEMIST, original written in Portuguese in 1988 by Paulo Coehlo. This charming fairytale really struck a chord with me right now. A shepherd boy from Andalusia follows his dreams, omens, his heart and counsel from mysterious people to find his Personal Legend. "To realize one's destiny is a person's only obligation," the alchemist says.

The shepherd learns that everyone has a Personal Legend, but not everyone knows it and not all go looking for it. Some people, like the crystal merchant, just live with the desire pulsing in them, afraid that they'll be disappointed when they get there, or that they won't have a reason to live afterwards.

I know my Personal Legend; I've been trudging along for about five years. There are times when I'm sure I've lost my way, or missed my opportunity. Maybe I'm even following the wrong Personal Legend! This book was a refreshment to my heart, especially the ending ("Spoilers," as River Song would say ;)

There are lots of thought-inspiring quotes in this book - here are two:

"Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure. You've got to find the treasure, so that everything you have learned along the way can make sense." The Alchemist

"The wise men understood that this natural world is only an image and a copy of paradise. The existence of this world is simply a guarantee that there exists a world that is perfect. God created the world so that, through its visible objects, men could understand his spiritual teachings and the marvels of this wisdom. That's what I mean by action." The Alchemist

Do you know your Personal Legend? Are you following it? Have you read this book?

1 comment:

  1. I'm SO glad you liked the book. It was required for EVERYONE at my high school to read during the summer. Every English teacher started the year off discussing it. It was a lot of fun.

    And the quotes, you're so right. This book is full of inspiration.