Throughout my lifetime, I have read numerous books. But few of them could have possibly have affected me more profoundly than The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.  I’m not going to go into a list of all the books that affected me because simply put, any affect that they ever had on me couldn’t possibly be explained better than to exuberantly recommend you to purchase the book and read it for yourself.  But some folks are hard headed and need things spelled out for them, you know who you are.  When I make a statement like that, understand that I’m not criticizing you.  I wouldn’t dream of it, because I suffer from the same condition.  I’m one of those people who will always choose the path of most resistance because I would put up the absolute most resistance in just about any situation.  If there’s an easier way to do things, believe me, I wouldn’t choose that.  I’m too hard headed to take the easy path, but in this life, the things worth having are the things which are hardest to attain.  But if you read this book, you just might find it inspiring enough to take that first step anyway, in spite of yourself.  This book changed my life, which is why it earned its very own category on this little blog of mine.  When I tell people about my life, a comment that I’d received that I thought was hilarious was, “wow, your life reminds me of Forrest Gump, but if it had been written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.”  But in truth, yeah, as exciting and sometimes harrowing as it has been, it’s been one Alchemist Moment after another after another.

What is The Alchemist about anyway?  Rather than get into a spoiler alert littered rambling about the story of the journeys of a young Andalusian Shepherd Boy with a recurring dream of finding a treasure at the pyramids, just know that whatever your dream may be, the Universe is constantly conspiring to make your dream come true.  This book changed not only my life, but the life of millions of other people just like me.  Will it change yours too?  I don’t know.  But hopefully this blog-post or perhaps any of the subsequent posts I share in the near future will inspire you to read it and find out for yourself.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll find your own inspiration or maybe you’ve already read it and it’s already inspired you in some way, and hopefully you’ll share your story with us.

J. Eric Sandoval


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