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The words of wisdom from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” 
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


I just finished reading Paulo Coelho’s amazing, inspiring bestselling book “The Alchemist” and was so moved by the book that I felt it was worthy of a post. I am an avid reader and normally choose rather difficult, challenging topics to read. Many books I read are about the issues I like to advocate for such as women and girls education, violence against women, diseases, poverty and anything else unjust in the world. However, this time given my emotional situation I was in need of some inspiration and spirituality. I couldn’t read another book about all the sorrows that need to be fixed in the world. Instead, I needed something different and something to give me wisdom, hope and inspiration. I decided to finally read “The Alchemist”.

“The Alchemist” is truly a story of hope, courage, inspiration and desire to chase your dreams and never give up. It is a book that I needed to read desperately at this time in my life, when everything I understand and love feels threatened. I read the book in less than a week, many times in the middle of the night when I found myself tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep and awash with worry.

“The Alchemist” is a simple story told in the most beautiful yet thought-provoking way. The story revolves around  a young Spanish shepherd who follows his dreams in search of a treasure across the Mediterranean sea to Africa, going to places out of his comfort zone and testing his courage and strength at following his dreams each and every step of the way.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Santa Maria Volcano, Guatemala

Climbing Santa Maria Volcano in Guatemala.

The story reminded me a bit of my wanderlust self and how I spent years searching for my own “Personal Legend” or “treasure” as Coehlo aptly refers to one’s destiny. Everyone is faced with this choice in their life. Whether to chase their dreams or give in and accept what they have. I’ve always been a dreamer. Of course there have been many, many setbacks along the way holding me back from my destiny. Many  misdirected paths taken and heartbreak. Yet like the shepherd, I never ever gave up and kept a light inside my heart knowing that someday, just someday I’d fulfill it.

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”― Paulo Coelho, Alchemist

I’m not there yet. I have a long way to go. Yet I’ve come a long way within the past few years and I am doing what I’ve always dreamed of doing my entire life. Traveling, loving life and family and using my voice as a writer to change the world. Yes these are lofty dreams. But like the shepherd, I will never believe that I can’t achieve them nor will I ever give up in following my dreams.

Annapurna trek

Hiking the Annapurna Trek in the Himalayas of Nepal.


13 comments on “The words of wisdom from Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist”

  1. Purnima
    November 22, 2013

    This is a beautiful rendition you have given here! One thing I liked was, most treasures which we continually seek are almost always in our own ‘backyard.’ Love your post, dear!

    • thirdeyemom
      November 25, 2013

      Thanks Purnima! I thought of you when I read this book.

  2. VisitSiena
    November 22, 2013

    Read every book of Paulo Coelho 🙂

  3. LuAnn
    November 23, 2013

    I too loved this book. Great post Nicole. 🙂

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  6. michnavs
    November 28, 2013

    Your one inspiring lady….

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