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
This book has me conflicted. The message is great. But the delivery of the message sucks. So I’ll focus on what I’m getting out of this book as it relates to my journey of becoming a successful, happy, multi-millionaire.
The first is HOPE. When ”The Alchemist” was first published, it only sold two copies in 6 months. And the same person bought both copies. After a year went by, the book was dropped by the publisher along with the author’s contract.
The author didn’t give up hope. He kept his journey alive. He kept pushing forward because HE believed. As of today, ”The Alchemist” has been translated into more than 80 different languages, and has spent over 300 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Even after 25 years, the book is still very much alive.
One day, I aspire to write a book like that. Or shall I say ”books” like that. “Stone City: Life In The Penitentiary” is just the beginning of my story. So much more is yet to come. Please share my ebook and my story with your friends and family. It’ll help me reach my goal of becoming a multi-millionaire before I get out of prison.
So not only does “The Alchemist” offer HOPE, but I’m also feeling INSPIRED. Inspired to enjoy the journey and all I encounter along the way. This book talks about omens, universal language, the principal of favorability, beginners luck, personal legend, and how the universe will come together to help one achieve their goals.
”The Alchemist” is teaching me patience. Because at first, I felt like tossing the book and not finishing it. But now I’m on page 61, and I’m actually enjoying it. I’m understanding it on a deeper, spiritual level. Read it for yourself and see how it touches you. Oh, it will touch you!
Here are just a few quotes that I can strongly relate to:
“Never stop dreaming. Follow the omens.”
“The language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love and purpose, and as part of a search for something believed in and desired.”
“When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it.”
“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 mysterious chain that links one thing to another.”
“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.”
“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history or the world were written by the same hand.”
I encourage anyone to read this book. As you do, you’ll be able to identify and apply several principles and philosophies to your life. If you’re ready for some type of change in your life, this could be the book that catapults you into a new dimension.
My days fly by. I’m always busy.
I’d say that 90% of my days are exactly the same. And if you think about it, your days probably don’t differ much either. Ever heard of the saying “Same sh*t, different day?” That applies to us all, no matter where we are.
Sometimes in the midst of your busy day you’ll experience something quick, brief, and full of inspiration.
Here is a little story I’d like to share:
At 10AM I was in the gym doing my cardio class. After class we had about 5 minutes before movement was called back to the unit. That’s when Andy from H4 approached me. I met him about 4 weeks before I moved out of that unit.
So he comes up to me with a big smile on his face and says, “Dude! Since you moved I’ve heard so many stories about you,” as he laughs.
His smile and laugh is infectious. So I’m smiling, too. I say, “Oh yeah? What did you hear?”
“Lots of things,” he responds while trying to stop laughing.
“Like what!?” I demand with a smile.
“Oh I don’t know! Like dumping a dirty mop bucket all over a table full of sex offenders, farting on people’s heads, shoving cellies under bunks, knocking people out, you know…things of that nature.”
He continues, “…I was surprised at all the war stories. The Steven I know is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.”
Wow! I reached out and shook his hand and said, “Thank you. I appreciate that. I’m on a new journey these days.”
Then movement was called and everyone left the gym back to their units.
That brief little conversation left me feeling good and inspired. All the positive seeds I’ve been planting in my mind and in my actions are showing.
It’s just one example of YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW. Therefore, it is my desire to always sow: love, truth, compassion, respect, and understanding. It’s only a matter of time before the universe responds.
Here are a few key points in the book, “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen:
*As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.
*In life, you do reap what you sow.
*Life’s experiences reflect your pattern of thought.
*Cause and effect.
*Think in the right way.
*Powerful weapon inside yourself.
*You are the master of your own thoughts.
*You hold the key to every situation.
Stafford Creek Correction Center (SCCC) has the lowest violence rate out of all major facilities in Washington State. I respect that and I make a significant effort to contribute.
The administration of SCCC has put together a day of camaraderie and fun.
The purpose: To promote the message of NO VIOLENCE, NO DRUGS, and POSITIVE CHOICES!!!
On Sept. 17, 2014, I attended this event. And what an event it was. Over 300 inmates participated! It took place out in the prison yard.
At 9:00AM there was the introduction. Dawn Taylor, Correctional Specialist and Dan VanOgle, Associate Superintendent, got on the microphone. They went over a few rules and expectations. They also expressed gratitude towards the positive choices of those who are committed to change. I felt a connection. It further inspired me.
Then a few inmates gave some powerful testimonies regarding their personal journeys. Again, I was touched. I thought to myself…maybe one day I’ll get up there and speak.
After the intro, the games began. Each game had a theme:
Soccer – KICKING OUT NEGATIVE CHOICES FOR BETTER GOALS
Flag Football – THROWING AWAY BAD HABITS & SCORING FOR NON VIOLENCE
Frisbee Golf – FLYING ABOVE VIOLENCE
Long Distance Run – STRIDING FOR BETTER CHOICES & A LONG FUTURE
Tug of War – PULLING TO KEEP EACH OTHER CLEAN & SOBER
Horse Shoes – PUTTING VIOLENCE THROUGH THE RINGER
Relay Race – RUNNING STRONG TO PASS THE POSITIVE MESSAGE
Obstacle Course – OBSTACLE COURSE OF LIFE CHANGES
3-Point Shot B-ball – SHOOTING FOR DRUG FREE & VIOLENCE FREE COMMUNITIES
Basketball – CROSSING OVER DRUG ADDICTION & VIOLENCE
Pretty neat, huh?
All teams were pre-determined. It wasn’t about who wins or loses. It was about working together. Some teammates were weaker than others. It was everyone’s objective to work together and encourage one another to be the best they can be. It was about BREAKING BARRIERS and respecting different cultures, races, ages, affiliations, and people in general.
In my eyes, this event was a huge success. I left feeling inspired and motivated. It recharged my enthusiasm to make positive choices and to be the best I can be.
A special “thank you” to Dawn Taylor & Dan VanOgle. And to The Redemption Project and all their sponsors.
I look forward to future events.
To my readers: questions or comments? Please, feel free. I will respond. Thank you.