Reading books and listening to podcasts have changed me for the better. In short, they saved me. Books and podcasts are just the two of many tools I am using to discover a better version of me. Every morning when I listen to a podcast or I read a chapter in a book, I learn something new… and for me, this is exciting. Some days ago I decided to go back and read The Alchemist by the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. I read this book when it was first published in 1988 and I must confess that then, I did not get the message contained in the book . I just saw it as a story of a shepherd boy who was told by an old king to sell his sheep, travel to the Egyptian Pyramids where he will find treasure.
This time round, I get the core message. So, I am taking my time and savoring the numerous life-affirming messages in The Alchemist. I am taking my time because (and this is just my opinion) it is a book not to be rushed. Every Aha in The Alchemist needs to be pondered upon and that is what I am doing. When I finish this book, I plan to read it to my daughters as well. I feel they are not too young to understand the core theme of the book.
This post is to share with you the core message of The Alchemist which I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. “When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” To put it simply“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
If you are looking to achieve a dream, or you are still searching for what your purpose is, or even, you want to accomplish what you have always wanted to do, Please read this book.
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