Shelved: The Alchemist || Paulo Coelho
What. A. Story. I have never in my life read a more profound and inspiring piece of literature.
Paulo Coelho. If you are reading (it'll never happen),
you've completely shifted my outlook on life.
I discovered The Alchemist watching an interview between Pharrell and Oprah. The Alchemist is the book that changed his life, and Oprah adding "it just shows that if you have the desire, the universe will conspire and meet you where you are..." This book absolutely, 100 percent changed my life, too.
If you haven't picked it up, The Alchemist follows the story of a young shepherd who, against the wishes of his parents, pursues his life as a shepherd instead of a priest. The entire story reinforces the importance of gut instinct, authenticity, and repeated throughout the pages, finding your personal legend. I knew this book was for me when I flipped to the back cover, and read the few words that were written, "to realize ones destiny is ones only obligation".
I've read books in the past that spoke to me, but not like this. I was already at a time in my life where I felt I had lost it all, and desperately craved clarity and peace. At the time, I was taking the train about 20 minutes into work, which made for a perfect book break twice a day. The book itself is short, but it was taking me forever to get through some of the sections because I was stopping so many times finding myself nodding along and reflecting on the story behind the story. I'm convinced Paulo Coelho is a modern-day prophet.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on "what the world needs now" and I've been known to have an opinion or two myself. The world needs Paulo Coelho. The world needs authors who provoke inspired thinking and allow us to dream big again. Please read this. It's the best book I've ever read. I don't know how else to beg or convince, but I'm also struggling to find the words that would do any of his work justice. Below are his beautiful words straight from the pages and a link to have Prime deliver it to you in 2 business days - go get your read on.
“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
“The boy and his heart had become friends, and neither was capable now of betraying the other.”
“You came so that you could learn about your dreams," said the old woman. "And dreams are the language of God. When he speaks in our language, I can interpret what he has said. But if he speaks in the language of the soul, it is only you who can understand.”
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you´ll find your treasure”
“…whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth."