Hope you all are doing good as always. How is the year 2019 treating you?
A few years back, one fine day I decided to take up reading once again. It had been a long time since I had last read a novel or a magazine. My life experiences had changed, I had changed and so I wasn’t sure about the kind of book that would interest me.
One day while driving home from work, I passed a road-side shop selling second-hand books. I decided to take a look at the books inside the shop. I was fascinated by the collection of books and kept browsing through them. The shopkeeper kept asking me about my taste. I had no clue about it.
While browsing through the books I came across a very small book. The small size, the cover of the book and the first few pages got me interested in it. It was “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.
The guy told me that it was a wonderful book and that I should definitely give it a try. Anyways, without expecting anything major from it, I bought the book.
Back home, I immediately started reading the book. I completed the whole book in one sitting. The language was simple and interesting (much simpler and interesting than the course material that I was reading at that time).
When I finished the book, I felt good that I had resumed my reading habit. I also felt good reading the story about a shepherd boy fulfilling his dreams.
For the first time, I felt hopeful. I felt that dreams and omens (signs) were real. I felt that I could dream the best for me and that I could make it real. The story made me realize that there was nothing wrong with dreaming big.
I just finished reading the book again.
The story is about a shepherd boy who dreams about his Personal Legend (a treasure in his case) and decides to pursue it. It becomes the purpose of his life. In the process of finding his treasure, he discovers so many lessons and experiences that grow him as a person and in the end, he reaches his treasure.
A person who works towards his Personal Legend (his purpose) is guided by God through omens (signs) and dreams. If the person pursues on the shown path, he surely reaches his treasure but only after having learned the lessons of life needed to carry out the purpose of life.
He has to be ready to accept, maintain and grow the treasure (purpose of life) given by God and so he has to undergo certain pleasant and unpleasant experiences in life. These experiences mold his personality and make him capable of not only reaching his Personal Legend (purpose) but also growing it.
There are so many wonderful quotes in there. I decided to share some of my favorite quotes from the book with you all here.
- When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you.
- It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.
- It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.
- When someone sees the same person every day, as had happened with him at the seminary, they wind up becoming a part of that person’s life. And then they want the person to change. If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
- At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.
- People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.
It is a wonderful and simple read. It is a good book for people beginning to read or reading after a slump. It is also a good book for the younger generation as it not only motivates them to dream but also encourages them to pursue their dreams.
What are you reading?
p.s. image is taken from google.
p.s. The thoughts on the book are my own. It is not a paid promotion.