Dec 092010

A very simply written and easily read book. At times I was annoyed with it’s simplistic ways, but it had to be. Anyway the message is anything but simple.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Some quotes that made me think.

When he awoke, his heart began to tell him things that came from the soul of the World. It said that all people who are happy have God within them. And that happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert. Because a grain of sand is a moment of creation, and the universe has taken millions of years to create it.
“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him” his heart said. 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.

Santiago wanted to know the future and the seer answered him…

If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise. If bad things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.

The boy rode along through the desert for several hours listening avidly to what his heart had to say…

Where your heart is there will be your treasure.

As he climbed another dune his heart said…

Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.

It’s the simple things in life that are extraordinary

The seer said to the camel driver…

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.

In the end Santiago, a Shepard in Spain, wishing to see the world, did travel much, but his search for treasures brought him back to his own familiar country, where he found his treasure. But the point of the whole book to me was that he enjoyed that journey, all parts of of it and learned from each element and was not unhappy that it lead him back. He learned to listen to his heart and the good omens along the way which guided him.

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