“There is only one way to learn,” the alchemist answered. “It’s through action.
Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
One more day until a brand New Year. The calendar starts again and so can you. But, I’m not a fan of clean slates. You can’t keep wiping the slate clean and starting over every year. How can you ever achieve anything with that kind of latitude? No, you have to start your life somewhere. You have to draw the line in the sand and say from this day forward I will hold myself accountable for bla bla bla (insert hopes and dreams here). I’m not saying that you can’t have do-overs. Of course, everyone deserves a second chance or sometimes even a third. Life is hard. We are all amateurs trying to wing it. No one has a script; We are bound to miss a few cues and mess up our fair share of lines. So, cut yourself some slack and take a deep breath. Nothing is as bad as you think it is… NOTHING!
The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
If you are reading this and going through a hard time, I promise you it will pass. You will remember my words in a year and know I was right. As they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and all you have to do is TAKE THE STEP.
“What’s the world’s greatest lie?”
“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”
Have you read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho? I’m yearning to read it again. All the quotes in this post are from the book. My dad gave me a copy for my 30th birthday and it honestly has changed my life. It is a simple story, really. A boy’s quest to find a hidden treasure and the lessons learned along the way, all summed up in a little over 100 pages. The book is very unassuming. But, the message is very powerful, life altering. TAKE THE STEP.
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.
How true! We cling on to people and things thinking they are part of us, not realizing that everything, everyone is part of something bigger. Our lives are like intersecting circles, some bigger than others. But, the universe is grand, wise and it encompasses all. It has endured and survived many trials. We can learn from its quiet strength and silent resolve. TAKE THE STEP.
“Don’t think about what you’ve left behind” The alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. “If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.”
So, make a decision. Start your journey and mark the beginning. Figure out what you want…and I don’t mean material things. WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT? What is the treasure hidden in the depths of your heart? What moves you to your core? Seek it with reckless abandon. It is never too late to begin your life, so don’t sell yourself short. Believe in your own myth. Maybe you don’t believe in God and all this sounds phony to you… I understand that what I brew is not for everyone. But, don’t forget that your life touches many others and they believe in you. Please, TAKE THE STEP. This is my sincere New Year’s wish for you.