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Friday, February 5, 2010

Following Your Own Path

I have been really enjoying The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho as recommended by Brian Johnson of The Philosopher's Notes. It is a book about our journey through life, the search for our own personal treasure and the importance of following our hearts when travelling towards our dreams.

Here's a little excerpt which I love:

"Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him," his heart said. "We, people's hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them - the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

"So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won't be heard: we don't want people to suffer because they don't follow their hearts."

"Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?" the boy asked the alchemist.

"Because that's what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don't like to suffer."
From then on, the boy understood his heart. He asked it, please, never to stop speaking to him.

Paulo Coelho from The Alchemist

What is your Personal Legend? Do you know it already or are you still searching?

May you always be able to hear you heart whispering.

Love Karen

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