Wow! What a book! I just finished it. In the back I found Paulo Coelho’s blog site: paulocoelhoblog.com. I’ve decided to reach out to Mr. Coelho. I’ll share what I wrote to him. But first, I’d like to share a few more quotes from “The Alchemist.” These quotes really touched me and I found significant meaning in them. I hope you can too.
“When you are loved, you can do anything in creation.”
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”
“Love is the force that transforms and improves the Soul of the World.”
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”
“The boy reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles.”
“I only invoked what you already knew.”
“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surly happen a third time.”
“His heart whispered, ‘Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.’ “
“Its true; life really is generous to those who pursue their Personal Legend.”
And now, my letter to Mr. Coelho:
Hello Mr. Coelho.
My name is Steven.
“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”
The ALCHEMIST has taught me to listen to my heart. And to pay close attention to omens. I am in prison. Just like you once were. I published my first ebook at the age of 38. You were 38 when you first got published. Omens? We’ll see.
I am in pursue of my Personal Legend. I am embarking upon a journey that will lead me to my treasure. You have inspired me beyond words and into action. I am the nations leading blogger from behind bars, with over 22K followers. I’d like to invite you to check out my blog and to read my 3 part series. This series is in response to THE ALCHEMIST, and has several quotes straight from your book. And now I will ask something of you: Will you please help me reach my goal of 100K blog followers? My journey is still young and I need some of that beginners luck that you talk about.
I eagerly await your reply.
Steven D. Jennings
After reading an email from my sweet wife about what she is thankful for, I realized that my previous Thanksgiving post was incomplete. I failed to mention the things that I am thankful for.
I’m thankful for having such a wonderful family. Starting with my wife. She is so incredibly kind and loving. Her dedication & loyalty is absolutely impeccable. I am so blessed to have her. Thank you, Suzie!
I’m thankful for my amazing mother and all of her love & support. Thanks, mom! I love you.
I’m thankful for my sisters, and my nieces & nephew. I’m especially thankful for my brother-in-laws and how they treat my sisters and their kids.
Wow! There’s so much to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for my Friends.
I’m thankful for my readers and followers.
I’m thankful for being in The Dog Program.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to blog.
I’m thankful to be alive and to have a release date.
I’m thankful for my Marriage.
I’m thankful for clothes to wear and food to eat.
I’m thankful for JPay.
I’m thankful for football season.
I’m thankful for Influential Books to read.
I’m thankful for my health.
I’m thankful for Stone City Blog.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to take NA classes to earn back good time.
I’m thankful for all my blessings and for all the people who love & support me.
This made me sooo happy to see my wife’s efforts. She took a big step out of her comfort zone for me. She has the sweetest heart ever. Please help us succeed by sharing on social media. Thank you!
My celly was telling me a story. He mentioned a minor detail that I KNEW to be untrue. I wanted to protest. But I didn’t. Because I knew he would dispute it.
Then what? Well I’ll tell you. I’d have to prove him wrong. To do that, I’d have to draw out the entire dispute. Which would just make it last longer. To me, that’s a negative. So I just let him tell his story as I remained a gracious listener.
I share this with you because I recognize growth. To be honest, I felt the urge to argue that point in his story. Years ago I would’ve. But now, because of meditation and my Inspiration Rocks…well, lets just say I recognize self-growth.
I’m proud of that. It makes me feel good to just be in harmony with people and the natural flow of life.
Even in prison I have a full range of emotions that cover every corner of the human spectrum. Within this spectrum, I choose to focus on all of the positive that’s going on. I seek it. I pluck it out. I make it mine.
Let me give you some examples:
1) My wife. I love her! She is the biggest positive force I have in my life.
2) My family. I love them!
3) My blog and all of my followers. I love you guys!
I see so many of these men in here who have nothing like this to focus on. Instead they focus on fighting the system, manipulating the rules, and that gangsta/outlaw life. It’s my environment. I use it to show me how NOT to act. There’s a lot of energy in here. I’m truly learning how to harness it, and to redirect it towards the good. And in doing so, I gravitate towards like-minded people.
I have sooo much GOOD in my life that it’s not even worth focusing on anything else.
That’s why I didn’t dispute the minor detail in my celly’s story. Or the dozen other situations per day that I encounter which make me want to engage in some form of negativity.
Big changes start with the smallest detail. I’m trying. I’m succeeding. And I will continue to succeed!
I recently got to spend 64 hours with my wife. That’s 8 visits, for 8 hours a pop! We held hands, smooched, and played games (she kicked my butt!). We spent hours talking about EVERYTHING! Our communication is so open and honest. I love that. I love her!
As we were talking about blogging, I asked her, “Baby, why haven’t you sent me the blog comments lately?”
Her eyes started to tear up as she said, “Because people are starting to say negative things about you. I send you the fan mail but not the hate mail.”
I pulled her close and gave her a comforting hug. Then said, “That’s to be expected. It’s part of the Universal balance. With all the good that’s out there, there is also the bad.”
I asked her, “What are they saying?”
She answered, “They say things like: you’re narcissistic and manipulative and …..”
My eyes got wide and I pulled back my head. I looked at her for a second, then smiled. “Baby, I am narcissistic.”
She looked confused. Then asked, “Don’t those type of comments bother you?”
I got close and kissed her soft cheek, then said, “Not even a little bit.”
I wiped away a small tear in the corner of her left eye. Then wondered to myself…how does one eye cry and the other eye doesn’t?
She asked, “What does narcissistic mean to you?”
I said, “Let’s go get a dictionary and find out.”
She said, “Ok. But first let’s say what we each think it means.”
We both basically said, “It’s someone who is self-centered and self-absorbed.”
She looked at me and asked, “You think you’re those things?”
I answered, “Yes. To a degree. I’m self-centered around my personal growth and rehabilitation. And I’m self-absorbed with all my actions. I also think I’m good-looking and I have a sexy body.”
That put a smile on her sweet face. She rolled her eyes playfully and gave a little giggle.
Here’s what WEBSTER has to say about narcissism:
1. Inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive love.
2. Erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes.
3. Being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.
Yep! Just as I suspected….I have characteristics of narcissism.
I am fascinated with myself as I continue to grow and learn. I do love myself very much.
I have never experienced erotic gratification derived from my personal attributes. But give it time. Life isn’t over yet.
And what is this? It says, “A NORMAL CONDITION AT THE INFANTILE LEVEL OF PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT.”
Just like anything in life, some things apply, others don’t. It IS what it IS.
The important message here is to use the Universal powers for all things good. We can’t control what other people say or do. But we can control how we direct the power that is flung our way. We can allow words to hurt us and break us down. Or we can use those exact same words to build us up, make us stronger, expand our knowledge, and serve us well. That choice is ours!
By the time Suzie and I concluded this conversation, she was laughing and feeling good. Her pain was gone. A pain that she’d carried for weeks from several continuous comments that had destructive intent. This goes to show there is a state of consciousness that can heal instantly!
Bless her heart. She was holding that pain in, protecting me from those negative comments. With our honest communication, she and I were able to share our feelings openly on the subject. I absolutely love our relationship!
Thank you everyone for all your feedback. I welcome the good, the bad, and the ugly. IT’S ALL GOOD!
Have a great day.
My wife and I made a goal to get 50,000 followers by the end of 2015. We currently have 3,390 followers. THAT’S GOOD!!! I am very pleased with that. I appreciate every one of you. Thank you. Here’s my humble request:
Will you pretty please try to get 10 of your Facebook friends to follow my blog?
Also, how can I make this blog better? Because if you’re asking people to follow, it’s my responsibility to give the absolute BEST content I can. I owe that to all of you. So please feel free to guide me. I will try my best to post a variety of topics for you guys.
You know, I was told by a dear friend that I was being TOO AMBITOUS because I told him I wanted 500,000 followers by the end of this year. He said that would mean I need to get 13,000 new followers per day.
I said, “Too ambitious! What’s that mean? It’s like too much money…no such thing!”
What if……….just what if, all 3,390 of YOU got 100 of your Facebook friends to follow my blog?
OMG!!!!! That would be AWESOME!!! Do you have any idea how much this vision EXCITES me???
Please dear friends, help make this vision a reality. I’ll cut this short so you can act NOW.
Thank you sooo much!
PS – I’d like to say Thank You to my readers for all the comments. I appreciate your patience in my replies. I’d love to reply to everyone immediately. But due to my circumstances, that would be a little beyond practical. So thank you for being patient. I will get back to you.