I’d been hearing so much about The Alchemist and how great and profound this book was and how enlightening it was. I’ve read plenty of books. Some have made me laugh, cry, and even angry. Perhaps that was their sole purpose.. to erect some type of emotion, any emotion. I’ve even read a few books that have opened my eyes, filled my heart, and removed the limitations of my mind. But only a few. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of those few.


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I know a few of my fellow bloggers are reading this book and so I won’t go into full detail about it. But, I do want to share the bits and pieces of the book that touched me and that set off so many lightbulbs I could have put Entergy out of business. Yea, I’m serious.

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Thank God for Post-it Flags. As you can see, there were so many points in the book that I wanted to return to in case I needed a little pick me up or a little reminder of my purpose. My purpose in life. I won’t post all of them, but I’ll share a few of my favorites.

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When I read this in the book, I could so easily recall when I’ve felt this way. The only difference is that I didn’t feel the hurt or the dismay. Instead, I felt foolish that I had allowed myself to be so hurt that I’d think that everyone was the same. I felt foolish for comparing my so called “losses” to the so called “successes” of others which led me to believe that I wasn’t good enough. That I’d never be good enough.

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But as I continued to read, I also recalled how I had to realize that I had to get in tune with my own destiny and focusing on the lives of others would most definitely leave me out of sync. I remember how it dawned on me that perhaps those that have already achieved their goals were already in sync and in tune with themselves. Perhaps. And who was I to wonder why they were so worthy? I had no idea what they had gone through. How much they cried. And prayed. And fought for what they wanted. Then it became damn near crystal clear why I it felt as though I was stuck.

And then I remembered how I had to shift all that focus and energy back towards myself. I was responsible for my own journey. My own destiny. I only had control, although sometimes limited, over what occurred in my life. And I had to get back on a path that I had strayed so far away from. My own path.

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And I had to remember all of those along my path–those that hurt me, betrayed me, and abandoned me. But more importantly, I had to remember all those who remained with me and loved me. And I had to rediscover how important and powerful love can be.

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And just as they loved me wholeheartedly, I need to provide some reciprocity. And I loved them. With every single bit of me.

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I read this. And I smiled. And I realized that I have plenty of alchemists around me everyday of my life. And throughout all of my striving and the striving that’s to come, I hope to become an alchemist too.

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13 Comments
  1. Amber

    May 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, I haven’t read this book yet and I clearly need to! It sounds like you pulled amazing insights and enlightenment from this great read. I definitely understand what you mean about focusing on fully discovering your purpose. It’s hard to only focus on the plan for your life, when it seems that other people play a larger role than even we do sometimes. I often find myself getting caught up in the emotions – the anger, sadness or heartache, and allow that to stop me from focusing on me. This post just reminded me that I have way more control than I’m giving myself credit for. Please share more good reads!!

  2. Stephanie Lula

    May 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Oh wow! I just love discovering new books, and this sounds like a treasure. How wonderful it is to find book(s) that can bring on all sorts of emotions. That’s when you know it’s a keeper, when it can place you into the pages and you feel all that is going on.

    Love the way you write! :)

  3. Tanefa

    May 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I am going to have to go back through my book and book mark it like that! Wait… Its a electronic version…lol DAG.

    Now I am going to have to go and get a print copy just so that I can do that! Wonderful post! Thank you!

    1. Rae

      May 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

      You can probably go to the thrift stores in your area and find this book. I mistakenly bought it twice because the covers were different. LOL!

  4. Courtney B

    May 28, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I borrowed this book (and never gave it back, oops!) from one of my best friends in high school and he had marked certain passages (is that the right word to use?) and I LOVED seeing what stood out to him, or made an impression on him! He passed away over 2 years ago and I’m so grateful I still have that book. It’s a piece of him that I will always treasure!

    1. Rae

      May 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Sorry to hear about your friend. I have a few of my Mom’s books that she had read before she passed away I often reflect on certain parts of those books that she highlighted or made notes. I certainly understand your reasons for keeping it.

  5. Jessica L

    May 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Wow, Carla- look at you in that “suit”! I also LOVE this new clean, crisp layout. I must say that even though I’m in the Navy, I’ve never been to Pensacola yet. it looks beautiful out there, and the food looks so good. I have quite a few Coelho books, but I just couldn’t get into the ones I started. I really really want to though. I also find those thin sticky things quite useful. I use them for everything, from my journal, to calendars, to schoolbooks. I’m a bit obsessed, and it’s nice to know that someone else has discovered how amazing these simple suckers are! -Jess L

  6. Kay

    May 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    From those few passages I am interested in reading this book. I always seem to buy uplifting book and I’m highlighting passages that I take to the heart. But right now my main book is the bible. I need it.

  7. C.D. Beatrice Clay

    May 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    The Alchemist was a game changer for me. I buy a new copy every year, read it and then give it away…I think everyone on the planet should read it. In fact, I think I am due to begin it again! With every read, something new opens up for me. I am so glad you read it and are spreading the word about this masterpiece. ***hugs and hi5s***

    1. Rae

      May 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

      It’s definitely a book that I’ll be reading over and over again. I have an extra copy and I think gifting it will be a great idea. I’m interested in reading other books from Paulo Coelho.

  8. The Indie

    May 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Sooooooo I officially HAVE to read this book! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on it! It’s encouraged me to buy a copy. Paulo Coelho is one of my favorite writers, I love his book The Zahir, but often times when I hear his name, I hear this book alongside it so perhaps it’s fate that you commented on my blog and I’ve been led here where I found this post with you talking about it.

    Thanks girl!

    1. Rae

      May 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      You’re welcome! And had I known you wanted to read it, I would have sent you an extra copy that I have for free. (Gotta love thrifting books.) I hope you enjoy! (:

  9. GG

    June 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    We have so many of the same excerpts highlighted! Definitely one to keep and revisit and share with others over and over and over. if I’d read this book a few years ago, I don’t know that I even would have had the same reaction. But right now, where am I in my life, this book was an omen in and of itself. It lets me know that everything I sensed or felt over the years but couldn’t explain was real. Is real. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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