Lessons Learned Reading the Alchemist

I recently read the Alchemist and really enjoyed it. I wanted to capture my thoughts on the book. WARNING: Spoiler alert. The following contains themes or ideas from the book.

Becoming the Wind: Santiago had to let go of himself to become the wind. I can let go of my bad habits so I can become the wind to achieve my goals.

Personal Legacy: I love the idea of a personal legacy. I especially love the word Legacy. The Merriam-Webster English dictionary defines legacy as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”. Personal Legacy can be interpreted as lessons from someone’s past. As you consider the lessons you want to pass on when you’re older it becomes quite the philosophical exercise.

Love: Finding someone that loves you enough to let you explore and figure out your personal legacy is important. In many ways that is what happens when a soldier has a loved one at home when he or she goes to war. It is also what happens when someone has girlfriend or boyfriend when they go on a church mission. If you find someone who is ready to support you in that capacity then you truly found someone spectacular.

Melchizedek: In life we all need someone like Melchizedek that would push you to go after your goals. Surround yourself with people that have life experience and that can help point you in the right direction some examples of those people include parents, grandparents, friends, coworkers, immediate family and extended family.

I enjoyed reading the Alchemist because it reminded me of myself. I feel like we are all on this journey called life. Let’s help the people we come in contact with during this time on earth.

Thanks for reading!

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