The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

A bookish observation

Paulo Coehlo’s wisdom

Picking up a beautiful book is one of life’s great pleasures. A beautiful book feels well balanced as you hold it in your hands, the paper is pristine and smooth, the typography clean and well spaced.  With the physical experience comes the emotional experience of hopeful expectation that this book contains something special. Something that makes a difference.

The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoIt’s rare for me to own a hardback version of a book.  My first copy of Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” was a paperback.  I loved the book so much I bought the illustrated hardback and gave the paperback to my eldest step-daughter. The book was on my bookshelf for many years. Waiting silently with our other special books, waiting to be re-read.

Then, the other day I received Paulo’s latest “Warrior of the Light” newsletter.  Included in the email was a short extract from his book, it was a little side story about a boy visiting a wise man to find out the secret of happiness.  I enjoyed this piece so much that I forwarded it to my youngest step-daughter. Finding the secret of happiness can take a life-time and I thought she may enjoy the story so I shared.

Last night, I decided to re-read the book.  A good move. It’s so full of wisdom. One of the theme’s running through it is: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

I’m more familiar with the quote “Jump and the universe will catch you” and another one I love is Johann Wolfgang Von Geothe’s very famous quote “Whatever you can do, or think you can do – begin it. For boldness has power and magic and genius in it.”

I believe this to be true.

And on that note . . .

Until tomorrow, best wishes for your work!


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