The Alchemist-Paulo Coelho
“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Hi Epic Friends!
In our most recent podcast episode featuring Kimmy Wilson, she spoke about a book she recommended called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I’d like to say that I ran to the library, checked out the book and read it but I did not. I did download it on Audible and listen to it, however. :0) This is my new favorite way to feed my brain! I have always thought of audio books as being just for long road trips or plane rides but they are a convenient way to “read” more books in everyday life. At the grocery store, running errands, cleaning the house, procrastinating packing for a three-month trip… anytime! Give it a try and let me know what you think. The Alchemist is a perfect book to start with because it’s only 4 hours long and is read by Jeremy Irons whose voice is so riveting, even if the story weren’t enthralling you would still be entertained. But I digress.
On the surface, this book is a story about a boy searching for his purpose and passion in life while maintaining his sense of adventure and freedom. It’s a love story and a coming of age tale with action and suspense. All of this is true and it would be a perfectly lovely book if that were all but from the very first sentence, Paulo Coelho uses this fable to communicate intensely meaningful and powerful lessons about listening to your intuition, recognizing and believing your potential, and fulfilling your personal legend.
Finding our passion and purpose in life is the key to happiness but it can be a struggle if we allow outside influences to distract us and steer us away from our dreams.
Take love, for example, or the possibility of love and a meaningful relationship. This has stopped me in the past from truly pursuing my dreams and stopped me from living authentically and fully embracing life. Making concessions and compromises for your partner or for the sake of a relationship is something we are all faced with but think about how that will ultimately affect your life. Is it more important to continuously and wholeheartedly follow your dreams until they are realized or is it more important to have the safety and security of someone to rely on?
We will never be able to be a fully committed, fully contented partner to someone else until we are fully contented with ourselves. The balance can be tricky because happiness is found in being content with what is while striving for more. If you have unrealized dreams or have put your life on hold for someone else, you will not feel this contentment and will grow to resent the situation no matter how much you try not to or think you can overcome it. Having the courage to follow your dreams and realize your full potential is vital to happiness.
Changing the way we think about love, relationships, and our identity may be necessary in order to fully embrace our potential and fulfill our personal legend. Being present in the world and participating in our lives yet being unattached to people, places and things is the challenge of the western world.
Sometimes situations will arise that seem to be sabotaging your quest and you will be forced to examine your dreams, re-evaluate your potential, and ultimately find the strength and courage to carry on. Trusting in yourself and your chosen path will allow you to overcome any adversity and use those experiences as lessons to strengthen your resolve.
We cannot, however, forsake health, responsibility, or wellbeing in the name of pursuing our dreams. Finding balance between focusing on your personal legend and taking care of yourself and others is necessary. Never forget about the oil. You’ll know what I mean when you read The Alchemist.
Until next time, stay EPIC!