“To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation.”
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho, a book that inspires by gently touching your heart with the immensely simple language yet strong message. It talks about the wisdom of listening to our hearts and learning to pay attention to the omens strewn along life’s path. The beauty of the book lies in its simplicity of expression. It’s not a book if you are looking for something logical and realistic. It’s a book to be read if you want to feel and immerse yourself in the journey of life.
The book is about Santiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of a treasure and embarks on a journey from Spain to Egyptian Pyramids in search of finding it. Slowly this magical fable combines spirituality and mysticism in a beautiful concoction to pave the way for the Shepherd boy to realize his destiny. The boy’s journey is marked by joys, sorrows, travails, his learnings and yearnings. His anxiety, worry, love and feelings find a beautiful expression and how he learns to be aware of his inner voice and what he really want to do “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream”, that’s the message the book echoes.
It’s a book that advises never to sacrifice the desire to explore beyond the known for fear of the unknown. Following the dreams and inner voice and trusting our intuition and inherent desire and using that to realize our potential- that’s what The Alchemist is all about.