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24Feb/101

The Alchemist

Last night I sat down and read the entire book "The Alchemist."
I had never even heard of this international best-seller until a couple of weeks ago when I happened to see an interview with Will Smith talking about this book, and how much meaning it had to him and his personal success.

I thought I might give it a try. It arrived from Amazon three days ago, but I didn't open the box until just yesterday.

Last night I thought I'd read a few chapters and then finish it the next night, but no, I could not put it down until I was finished. The story in this book had too many uncanny resemblances to my own life and my own journey that I HAD to finish the story to find out how my life might play out.
As it turns out, the things I found so uncannily similar to my own life are things that many people throughout the world experience themselves.
That makes me just one in a million.
As the story progresses, there are a few poignant moments where the lead character must decide whether, against all odds, to continue on to find his personal legend, as the author calls it.
It's at these moments in our lives that we determine whether we will remain a mediocre existence or if we will rise above mediocrity and begin to excel at achieving our own personal legends.

The more often you choose to move ahead and make more progress despite the difficulties, the closer you will come to your own personal legend.
All obstacles that you face in your journey can become your friends, helping you to make progress in a way you didn't anticipate, but only if you are flexible and accept them in this way.
I won't go into more detail on this book, but I do recommend it to anyone who wants to change their life, and who enjoys reading metaphoric novels.

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  1. Just finished reading it, thank you for encouraging me to do so. Here are some quotes from the book that were thought provoking for me:
    “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
    “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.”
    “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”


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