One Sunday afternoon I was really bored. All I did was scroll through my social media feeds liking every photo and status I saw.
Then unexpectedly I looked at my bookshelf and saw the book I borrowed from a friend. The book was called The Alchemist wrote by Paulo Coelho. I know him since my high school days but I do not read his works until later. So, I got my ass up and got the book and the pencil I used in taking notes and marginalia.
An hour later, I was closing the book entranced by its fantasy, lessons, love, dreaminess, and authenticity.
The book is rich with magic and a deep knowledge of oneself.
Let me share with you some of my favorite beautiful lessons about love, dreams, and life from the book.
“You must understand that love never keeps a man from pursuing his Personal Legend. If he abandons that pursuit, it’s because it wasn’t true love … the love that speaks the Language of the World.”
“I’m a desert woman, and I’m proud of that. I want my husband to wander as free as the wind that shapes the dunes. And if I have to, I will accept the fact that he has become a part of the clouds, and the animals, and the water of the desert.”
“But if you have to go before then, go on in pursuit of your dream. The dunes are charged by the wind, but the desert never changes. That’s the way it will be with our love for each other.”
“Because, when you know that language, it’s easy to understand that someone in the world awaits you, whether it’s in the middle of the desert or in some great city. And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dream would have no meaning.”
“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”
“I have inside me the winds, the deserts, the oceans, the stars, and everything created in the universe. We were all made by the same hand, and we have the same soul. I want to be like you, able to reach every corner of the world, across the seas, blow away the sands that cover my treasure, and carry the voice of the woman I love.”
“Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”
“Then you’ll die in the midst of trying to realize your Personal Legend. That’s a lot better than dying like millions of other people, who never even knew what their Personal Legends were.”
“… anyone who interferes with the Personal Legend of another thing never will discover his own.”
“… no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
“He never realized that people are capable at any time in their lives of doing what they dream of.”
“When you want something, all the universe conspire in helping you to achieve it.”
“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.”
“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”
“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognized the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
“Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river.”
“Making a decision was only the beginning of things.”
“It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.”
“… when you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way to moving forward.”
“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the story of the world were written by the same hand.”
“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. You’ll see that there is life in the desert, that there are stars in heavens, and that tribesmen fight because they are part of the human race. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.”
“Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.”
“Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.”
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
“Only those who can see such signs of life are able to find treasure.”
“Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.”
“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.”
“Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives.”
“It’s true; life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend…”
“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. We, their hearts, become fearful just thinking of loved ones who go away forever, or of treasures that might have been found but were forever hidden in the sands. Because, when these things happen, we suffer terribly.”
These 30 beautiful lessons really helped me to let go of the habits that are not serving me any good anymore and finally embracing new ways of attaining what I want in life. I hope these help you too.