Quick Inspiration from The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite inspirational books. Here are some excerpts to encourage you to think about your “dream journey” and to inspire you to keep moving toward that dream:

“It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone when they are young knows what their Personal Legend is […] They are not afraid to DREAM, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend […] It’s a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and will, because there is one great truth on this planet: 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.”

“Don’t think about what you’ve left behind […] If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil.”

“[But] they were looking only for gold […] They were seeking treasure of their Personal Legend without wanting actually to live out the Personal Legend. […] The Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way[…] So that we can in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward the dream. That’s the point at which most people GIVE UP. It’s the point at which as we say in the language of the desert, ‘one dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’

Keep dreaming. You are destined to find it. It’s up to you to start and keep walking.