A few months ago, on my very short trip to Hawaii, I found a book that was on my must read list, The Alchemist. I devoured that book on the flight back to the mainland. As I’ve done with many of my books, I marked it up, underlining important passages and writing comments in the margins. I still plan to blog what I’ve learned from that reading.


A couple of weeks ago I found this blog on the Fearless Motivation website titled, 10 Quotes From the Alchemist that Remind You to Follow Your Heart. Makes me want to pick up that book again and reread it.


My favorite quote in this list is:


“I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”


Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now emphasizes the importance of living in the present, not dwelling on the past letting the past define who you are today nor worrying about what the future will bring. I discussed this in my blog, What Is Can Become.


A year ago, all I could hear were words and theories. And, no matter how hard I tried, I could not shake my demons from my past nor could I stop the distress I had when I thought about my future life. I struggled and struggled to stay present, not believing I could. And, as I’ve learned, we create what we believe. All my energy was on my past and my future.


Today, I’m present. I mean I’m not always present. That’s a continual work in progress. However, I’m not plagued by what I did in the past nor what I believed was done to me. I’m not future tripping.


I’m right here, where I’m supposed to be. One day at a time. And, by searching out the grateful in my life, I am enjoying the life I live immensely.


Check out the 10 Quotes From the Alchemist that Remind You to Follow Your Heart. Heck, don’t read the spoilers, read the book instead. Make that your New Year’s resolution!


Pursue your dreams. Find gratitude. And stay present in the Now.




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