Monday, July 11, 2016

“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” -Paulo Coelho

It really is that simple.. I should leave the post blank and just let the title stand as is.  The Alchemist is one of those books that I read throughout different stages of my life and have a different perspective every time.  In high school I read it and did not fully understand much of it, then I read it again four years ago during my Sophomore year of college, and now I am currently reading it to help guide me with my confusions.  Santiago the shepherd/merchant/adventurer is such a righteous dude.  Every time he gets distracted, deceived (i before e except after c), or disillusioned he still finds a way to stay positive and make something out of his circumstances.  He is observant about how far he has come along his journey and understands that being submissive to his fears rather than following his dreams is not the path of the ninja!  Even when someone has a lot going for them in their lives it can be tough to be aware of how fortunate they are.  Striving to not be complacent can be a double-edged sword.  On the one hand, it can help you achieve such great accomplishments.  But on the other hand, it can leave you feeling unappreciative of how far you have made it.  Lately, I have been so eager to learn a new language that I often lose touch with the people and activities that have always been with me.  Check out this art to help you ponder where you are at:

With that said, when pursuing something in life it is best to keep a balance between being immersed in that dream and keeping in touch with the activities and people that have always been there for you in your life.  However, if you are ambitious enough to have a passion and try to pursue that every day, you should feel proud of having that motivation and will power.  If something fills you up with excitement and gives you a healthy energy, then it would be best to continue to seek that out!  The more positive thoughts and energy that we allow ourselves to have the more we learn to be selfless and spread our positivity.  It is easy to let negative thoughts have our time and effort, but accepting those negative thoughts and forgiving yourself will help you focus on the positive thoughts instead of the negative ones.

You can take this last photo or leave it, someone got too worked up over this sculpture.

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