This is my small thoughts about the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I’m not sure whether you’ve heard about this wonderful book before, but this is worth to have in everyone’s bookshelf!
A short summary of The Alchemist
It is the story of a shepherd boy from the Spanish Province of Andalusia who dreams of traveling the world in search of a treasure as desirable as any ever found. From his home, he journeys to the exotic market of North Africa and then into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him…
The Alchemist is one of the best selling books in history. Everyone raves about how amazing this book was. And thanks to Rowena Tsai and Lavendaire for introducing this book! When I first heard about this book, it sounds interesting, but somehow I was hesitant to start. I thought it would be another halfway reads with regret for picking it up. But turn out I was wrong and I’m now head over heels fell in love with this book.
There are so many things you can learn from this book. The one that I love the most is how it teaches me to scope life with believes that dreams can be accomplished if we truly put our hearts in it. Even though life might involve lots or a little bit of bitterness, we are still capable to achieve them. And when he wrote God has prepared a path for everyone to follow, I do believe that too.
When you really want something, the universe always conspires in your favor.
God will guide us with every dream we had but in exchange for that, we need to stay patient and trust in his plan. “If God leads the sheep so well, He will also lead a man.” But the things with humans, we all rush to see results. And when it seems like a failure, what was once fired up now left only a history.
A lot of time, that’s exactly what happened in my life too. I own a big dream that seems like an easy grasp, but I wasn’t prepared to face the hardship. It always ended up with complain and complain without thinking about the goodness at the end of the finishing line. I think life is like rolling dice with hope to win a big prize. However, we need to understand that things sometimes won’t happen the way we predicted in our journal. It’s not that easy, my dear.
When life seems like no directions at all, it makes everything look so small. The world is indeed too big and it’s easy to even lose our way. It makes us feel scared to make a leap. In the end, we stay in one place because of the far distance between the horizon and our dreams. But everything is only a period of our life. One place will teach you a lesson with plentiful of experiences.
Another hardest thing that everyone dealing with is to make a decision of their own. This book got me thinking that there are plenty of moments we caught up with something only by what other’s decisions for us. I mean if you are making the wrong move, you can point it to someone else, isn’t it? As easy as that. And other times we were too afraid to do what our heart desires. Because the fear of failure is always there to bug us. But the truth about living life with satisfaction, we need to be the one to pick our choices. If yes then yes, but if no, it means no.
Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
This book also reminds me to stay focus on the present rather than the past or the future. I for the longest time has been tremendously thinking about my future. It’s too much I would say. I know I shouldn’t worry about it, but I can’t shake off the thoughts. And probably that’s also one of the main reasons to rob my happiness too. So one thing I always keep in mind is, if we keep neglecting the present, there won’t be good to bring into the future other than worries. Honestly, I’m guilty of still forget about these phrases too, but it feels refreshing to have a book that reflected me about life from different angles.
One last point I love as he mentioned in this book, almost every time in life we want others to act the way we wanted them to. The way they see on things, ask them to change, but a lot of time we don’t exactly know how to properly organize our own. And the funniest thing with life is, it’s easy to command than to get things done.
When someone sees the same people every day, 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 non about his or her own.
At the end of my read, one thought strikes me the most. The same language that everyone seeks has always been SUCCESS. After all, every person is going forward to find the answers and forward is the only direction to success.
Overall, this book offers a lot of meaningful lessons. I will be happy to re-read them again just to understand more details about the journey.
Anyway, I discovered the author’s blog too! You can check him out here.