“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
That quote is probably one of my favorites from this book. I enjoyed this inspiring tale about a boy in search of a treasure. From cover-to-cover it was a constant reminder of how important it is to dream–to acknowledge the dream and to pursue that dream with all your might. And in doing so, to follow your heart, not allowing fear or life or people to deter you, and to always be open to what the Universe (God) is trying to tell you.
What really sold me on this book was my 12 year old picking it up, reading the inside of the front cover and deciding that he wanted to read it as well. He did it in less than 2 days and loved it! Took me a good week to read it (but that’s besides the point). So I can definitely recommend you allowing your kids to read it–at your discretion, of course.
Here’s an overview of the book from Amazon.com:
A special 25th anniversary edition of the extraordinary international bestseller, including a new Foreword by Paulo Coelho.
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemisthas become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.