Today, I thought I would do a book review since I’m enjoying the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I am not finished with it yet but it is good enough to talk about at this stage. I was hesitant to pick this up because many of the reviews I read, called it elementary and a waste of time, or it was fantastic and life changing. I really hate extremes. To me there should be someone who sits in the middle to offer their opinion. I hope I can offer that to those that haven’t read it yet.
It is an easy read, especially on a Kindle. I think that is a good thing. My brain is tired after a hard day of work and it’s refreshing to fly through a book easily. The book is a parable about a shepherd who leaves all he has known to pursue his dream. At times he is afraid, and at others he full of wisdom. The book has a religious tone, but it’s not overly done, which I like. Overall the message is good and I believe there are nuggets of wisdom that can be pulled away from the story.
One theme I have discovered is extraordinary things can happen in the mundane. In fact I believe we are one step away from an idea or decision that can forever change our lives. I like that a lot. Too often we can feel like we have nothing to offer the world and that we are stuck doing nothing spectacular for eternity. Sigh. It’s a feeling that has nauseated me since I was a child. Of course I have had grandiose ideas that are pretty unattainable, but I do believe with all of my heart that life should be an adventure.
A few quotes by Paulo Coehlo that jumped out at me were:
“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.”
If we were to open our internal eyes, how many of us would have this type of intuition? Better yet, how would it change your life?
“When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.”
Have you ever felt this type of momentum pushing you? What was it like? I love to live in this spot but it usually only lasts for a brief time. I do know it feels like I am in the right place moving toward my goal with clarity.
So much can be said of these quotes. I will leave that for another day. These are so beautifully stated and offered encouragement to me. I’m a dreamer and when life gets bleak, it helps to find things like this to savor.