And the universe conspires

In the past few weeks, I have purposefully taken a moment (or several) to stop and think about what’s next. I looked deep into the past and looked at the present as honestly as I can to really, really investigate how I could project my future.

The result is a 4-year plan that seems both daunting but yet achievable at the same time. Daunting because I realise the extent of my ambition but achievable because I can visualize each step to take and in fact, have already started to work on it. They are small do-able steps on their own.

It feels like everything I have ever done in my life, whether good or bad, was done in preparation of this. The specialization I had chosen to take on in my studies, the places I have chosen to work at, the sub-specialization I have chosen to be exposed to at work, the people along the way that have somehow became my close friends and even my relationships. Each phase in my life seems to be preparing me for this. I find bits and pieces here and there that somehow fit. And before I know it, a thought out plan lies before me. I get goose bumps on my arms just writing about it.

All these years, beginning from a long long time ago (I am very, very old) I have been influenced by just one author. I have a treasured collection of all his books. Whilst I didn’t like or agree all of them, some of his school of thought really stuck with me and they worked for me. Almost in a loser-hugging-a-self-help-book way.

I bring this up because of how those very school of thought are now fueling me again. It’s like my engine is clean, I get a dose of fresh fuel and I am READY TO GO.

Life works in mysterious ways and I am glad to be brave or foolish enough to have lived mine this way. That’s what I call living and I have no regrets.

Some extracts of the thinking from The Alchemist, just one of Paulo Coelho’s books that has influenced my thinking and way of life over the years.

You’re welcomed.

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
The Alchemist
Santiago thinking.

“If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”
The Alchemist

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.

“People learn early in their lives what is their reason for being. Maybe that’s why they give up on it so early, too.”
The Alchemist
Old king to Santiago.

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”
The Alchemist

“I’m afraid that if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”
The Alchemist
Crystal merchant to Santiago.

“I don’t want to change anything, because I don’t know how to deal with change. I’m used to the way I am.”
The Alchemist
Crystal merchant to Santiago.

“Every blessing ignored becomes a curse. I don’t want anything else in life. But you are forcing me to look at wealth and at horizons that I have never known. Now that I have seen them, and now that I see how immense my possibilities are, I’m going to feel worse than I did before you arrived. Because I know the things I should be able to accomplish, and I don’t want to do so.”
The Alchemist
Crystal merchant to Santiago.

“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
The Alchemist

“The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.

When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force.”
The Alchemist
Englishman to Santiago.

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