“I'm alive. When I'm eating that's all I think about. If I'm on the march, I just concentrate on marching. If I have to fight,it will be just as good a day as any to die. If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man. Life is the moment we are living now.”
~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I'm going to call this "The Book that Made Me Think Alot". About time. About money. Control and chance. About dreams and journeys and realities. Love. About self.
The Alchemist is simple and understandable to read, but full of complex, thought provoking ideas. A young shepard named Santiago leaves his flock to follow his heart. He travels from Spain to Egypt, loses everything (or so he believes), and then must live and decide things day to day, moment to moment. There is no past because it is already gone and no future because it is not yet here. Only the present. Now.
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.