www.GilbertPT.com January 2019
The Gilbert Gazette THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE Have You Read ‘The Alchemist’?
We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling, and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.
way to deal with adversity while still keeping your ultimate goals in mind, plans have a way of working themselves out. If you put yourself out there, the force of life will always work to guide you toward your goals — even if it doesn’t happen in the exact way you imagined. Just as the book says, “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” The positive approach to life that “The Alchemist” passes on to readers is one that I want my kids to keep in mind as they grow up. My daughter and I just finished reading it together in November, and my son and I are working through it now. Though the book deals with mature life concepts, the fictional magic of Santiago’s journey maintains my kids’ attention. When we finish a chapter, we stop and talk about how the young shepherd boys’ experiences relate to our own lives. They’ve both seemed to really enjoy it so far. Maybe they will join me next year on a second or even third reading! If you are looking for a great book to get you in a motivational, grounded, excited, and confident mindset for the new year, I highly recommend, “The Alchemist.” It’s a short read, but it is filled with mystical experiences that will resonate with readers of all kinds.
Reading books can have an extraordinary impact on your perspective, regardless of their subject matter. For example, you have books such as “Auto Repair for Dummies,” which teaches you the art of amateur machinery, and “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” an out-of-this-world adventure through time and space. Then you also have books like “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which awakened people to the prejudice and racism present in the American South. No matter the topic being explored, books allow readers to perceive the world in new ways. Because January has been dubbed National Book Month, I wanted to spend some of this edition talking about a specific book that has had a considerable impact on me throughout the years: “The Alchemist.” The book, penned by Paulo Coehlo in 1988, was originally recommended to me by a colleague several years ago. Now I read it at least four times every year! The book tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. But his quest leads him to discover other kinds of riches — ones that differ from his expectation but are far more satisfying in the long run. Santiago’s journey teaches readers
about the essential wisdom of listening to one’s own heart and the interconnectedness of humanity and the world. Reading “The Alchemist” works to keep readers grounded and teaches them the value of trusting themselves. For me — and for many other people, I imagine — plans rarely play out in the way I initially hope they do. You can take all the proper precautions and perfectly plan out your time, but life just gets in the way sometimes. None of us really know what the next year, month, or even week might bring. But if you can find a
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