“When you want something, all the world conspires in helping you achieve it.”
– Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Have you ever read, The Alchemist? Considered Paulo Coelho’s seminal work, it is basically a guidebook for following one’s dreams. The protagonist, Santiago, is a mere shepherd, who after dreaming about treasure buried near Egyptian pyramids, goes off an adventure to find it, or in other words, to make his dream come true. The story isn’t so much about the treasure as it is about the journey of progressing toward dream fulfillment, and how people often abandon their dream in the name of comfort and stability.
What do you think about this quote? When you want something, does the whole world “conspire” to help you achieve it? Coelho talks about “omens” or signs – little slights of hand provided by the universe that we might miss if we aren’t looking, opportunities that present themselves to help us on our way toward our dreams, and thus, this is how the universe “conspires” to help us.
Personally, there are times when I feel like the universe is conspiring against all of my dreams, but that’s just the opinion of one lowly cynic. What about you?