Friday, February 23, 2018

key points from the alchemist that changed my life

As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of the best things I did for myself in the past few years was to make it a goal to start reading again. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was one of the books that made my to-read list. I read this book for the first time almost 2 years ago now and it completely changed my outlook on life. 

Not only did this book influence me to pursue my dreams, but it made me look at the world in a whole different light. It encouraged me to look deep into what it was that brought me true happiness—not in the future or found in an end goal, but in this moment, right now. For me, that includes helping to encourage and inspire others. 

The Alchemist also taught me to live more in the moment. It helped reshape my mindset to not dwell on the past but instead think, “What can I learn from it?” And, instead of worrying about the future, my thought process is now, “What can I do today to improve all of my tomorrows?” 

This book also really helped me with losing judgement of others. When you realize that each and every person is on a completely different journey, you have no right to judge another. One man’s Personal Legend could be completely opposite of another. The same goes for what others choose to do, or not do, with their own lives. 

Lastly, The Alchemist reminded me that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. Paulo Coelho says, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

Of course, I absolutely recommend anyone to read the book…but for now, here are some of the key points and quotes from the book that stood out to me: 

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” 

“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.”

“The soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 

“What is a personal calling? It is God's blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don't all have the courage to confront our own dream.”

“…and when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” 

“And, when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.” 

“We make a lot of detours, but we’re always heading for the same destination.”

“Everyone has his or her own way of learning things,” he said to himself. “His way isn’t the same as mine, nor mine as his. But we’re both in search of our Personal Legends, and I respect him for that.” 

“Because I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.” 

“Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” 

“How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity.” 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” 

“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action.” 

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” 

“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

Keep on keepin’ on—
XX, Laura 

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