Monday, September 8, 2014

Making Mistakes and Learning the Language of the World

When I read the Alchemist I was so moved by the beauty and relevance of the book that I referred to it in a post: Thoughts from the Alchemist

This week Oprah interviewed the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho - it was a beautiful interview with many gentle insights along the way that both warmed the heart and opened the eyes. Part 1 is available to watch online here.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview was, “You are always guided to meet the right person at the right moment” - there are many times in my life that I remember the exact moment that I knew someone was coming in to my life at the right moment.

Perhaps the most famous quote from the book is, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

A combination of those two powerful thoughts has always been one of my guideposts - for example, I knew that I should write this blog. Even if it only touched one person, the right connection was established at the right time. I have a hunch that those of you who read this, found it at the right time in your life as well.

One of Paulo’s most poignant thoughts was when he said that in order to learn the 'Language of the World’ we must make mistakes. We will misstep when we are walking down our path and realize that is not the right way for us, and get back on the path. Then perhaps we step off again, but that is how we learn to read the signs that help guide us down our path - which will ultimately lead us to our own ‘Personal Legend’ (and if you want to learn more about what a Personal Legend is then you’ll have to read the book!)

Part 2 will air next Sunday on OWN.

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