Personal Legends and The Alchemist

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  An astronaut, a doctor, an explorer, a fireman, an actress, a sea-captain, or maybe you just dreamed of getting to eat all the candy you wanted, without anyone to tell you no!  Whatever that dream was, are you living it out today?  And if the answer is no, why not?  What made you abandon the desires of your heart?  Was it all the people in your life telling you that your dream was impossible or that you needed to pick a new dream; a dream that you could make a career out of?  The truth is, that those people already gave up on their personal legends, and unfortunately they are not going to be able to help guide you to your dreams.

I am in the middle of reading the book, “The Alchemist,” and it talks a lot about one’s personal legend.  The book defines a personal legend as everything you would like to see happen in your life.  When you are young, your mind is clear and you are not afraid to dream and yearn for your hopes to be realized.  But as you grow older, you begin to believe that your dreams are impossible to achieve.  There is a section of the book that I would love to share with you that talks about personal legends in a little bit more detail.

“It said that all people who are happy have God within them.  And that happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert, as the alchemist had said.  Because a grain of sand is a moment of creation, and the universe has taken millions of years to create it.  “Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,” his heart said.  “We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them.  We speak of them only to children.  Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate.  But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them — the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness.  Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.

“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly.  We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard:  we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

“Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?”  the boy asked the alchemist.

“Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.” 

Isn’t that tragic to think we are giving up our dreams to live a mediocre life?  I challenge all of us to take some time alone to think about what our dreams in life were and what are dreams are now.  Find out what the dream is and chase it with every essence of your being!  And if you are living out your dream today, than bravo to you for following your heart!

I think the key to being able to follow your dreams is understanding how to prioritize your life.  A good example of this is people who travel the world, but don’t really make a lot of money.  I am always asking them, how in the world do you finance your travels?  But the answer always is that they just make it happen!  They don’t spend money on decorating their home, buying new clothes, or having the newest technology.  They prioritize their money to go towards traveling funds and then they take off and see the world.  There is really nothing in this world that can hold you back.  Everyday you make the choice to do what you are doing and to prioritize your life into the type of existence you want to live.  Are you making the right choices?  Are you living the life you imagined?  Let’s start to!

“This is the beginning of a new day.  You have been given this day to use as you will.  You can waste it or use it for good.  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.  When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, in its place is something that you have left behind… let it be something good.”

– Author unknown

Until next time,

Be Well!


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