The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

A bookish observation

The treasure may be in your own backyard

Picking up a beautiful hardback edition of a 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.

It’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” 2010 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.” or as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said:

At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe