The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Feb 18

Oh, Paulo Coelho, I love your succint and beautiful story writing abilities.  This tale follows Santiago, a Spanish shepherd boy, on his quest to find his personal “treasure”….aka, his destiny.  Santiago does what we are all supposed to do; follow our hearts in pursuit of our own “Personal Legend”.  The story is both simple…… and yet unquestionably complex.  This story makes me want to act now; as time goes by, I realize how easy it is to become complacent.  The way the author describes simply being in the present moment and being in tune with our surroundings really spoke to me.  “The world speaks many languages.”  I also enjoy a book that I can apply to my teaching….”It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil.  It’s what comes out of their mouths that is. ”  Take that, 2nd Graders.  One of the more interesting things Santiago discovers on his journey is that realizing your dreams is….decidedly frightening.  Guilt, inadequacy, fear of pain….The Alchemist says…”Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself.”  I shall take a page out of this book (not literally!) and hold on to my faith, jump in, and hope for the best.

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