Wednesday, July 14th, 2004 • No Comments on Wisdom From The Alchemist
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
This line is repeated several times throughout The Alchemist, which I can’t talk about in-depth since the book club doesn’t meet until Friday. Still, it’s an intriguing little book with an underlying theme about pursuing your dreams. There are several life lessons presented in allegorical fashion, reminding the reader that things happen in their own time and that, when you are ready and have learned to read the omens and follow the right path, your dreams will open up to you. Seems simple, really, but maybe in simplicity there is truth.
made me think about how many times I’ve come close to getting something I wanted. Depending on whether I was really ready to fulfill my goal, I either forged ahead and achieved my goal or missed the opportunity because I faltered or back-tracked. I think my writing has been much like that. I have come painfully close to the kind of success I want, and then pulled back for fear I couldn’t live up to my own expectations. I’ve also pursued the wrong paths or tried to manipulate my dream to fit some sort of financial or marketing plan only to find that my dream doesn’t work that way.
There’s also a theory about “beginner’s luck” in the book. Getting a taste of success early on is a way for the universe to push you to keep striving for your dream. Of course, that sort of luck doesn’t hold and you eventually have to take matters into your own hands and do the hard work of continuing to pursue your dream—or risk failure when your luck runs out. I definitely have experienced this.
The message, I suppose, is what I have always told other people: don’t give up, never give up, find what makes you happy and go for it with everything you have. So much easier to give advice than take it, yes?