In The Alchemist, a young shepherd is living a simple but happy life wandering the mountains in southern Spain with his sheep. Suddenly his life turns around when he meets a king who tells him about the treasure in Egypt.
The story is also about a boy who learns about himself. He learns how to overcome obstacles by listening to the world and his heart to reach his ultimate purpose, the true Alchemist.
Written from a spiritual point of view, this book is as good as you allow it to be. Like in many other of Paulo Coelho’s books, he shares his view on what’s really important in life.
It’s an easy read and, if you have an open mind, it will bring you many insights to pause and reflect on. I’ve found it refreshing how it brought me to ponder about life in ways you normally wouldn’t.
The concepts I particularly took away are
- It’s important to dream big. Always. Even when things are going fine, this doesn’t mean it can’t get any better.
- Many obstacles will eventually help you. You won’t know it at the time, but you’ll see it very clear when you’re connecting the dots backwards. You only have to make sure these don’t divert you from your goal.
- The path is more important than the goal itself, but the only reason you are making the journey is because of it.