Follow your calling not the gold

 “It is about penetrating to the soul of the World, and discovering the treasure that has been Reserved for you”- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Y’all will have to be patient with errors on this post. I am on the road with my family so I am not able to scour everything for errors from a computer screen as well as I usuallly can. But I am committed to making regular posts and Friday is one of those target days. Please enjoy the last enstallment of “Follow your calling” 

If you’re looking for inspiration and you’ve never picked up a copy of The Alchemist, I would encourage you to do so. I have read a ton of great books but I have to say this one really resignated with me. It really is a blue print when it comes to pursuing your dreams. One of these days I am going to write a piece highlighting all of the little nuggets this book has to offer. 

One of the most important lessons you will learn is not to seek out financial gains while pursuing your passions. Obviously if it grows to be something that is profitable, that is amazing. Even the most successful leaders and life coaches will give the same advice. Do not just pursue something because you think you will get rich doing it. If your are looking to share your gift with the world, then truly give it away. Figure out how your gift helps others, hone in on your skills, and then set out to make the world a better place. Eventually, if your heart is in the right place, the universe will reward you.

“That’s what Alchemist do. They show that, when we strive to be better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” (Pg. 156, Coelho)

 Towards the end of the story the boy asks for the Alchemist to yeah him Alchemy to which the Alchemist replies “you already know about Alchemy” then he continued to tell him “I have known true Alchemists” he said “then there were the others, who were interested only in gold. They never found the secret.”(pg. 142)

For most of us, the issue with that is, we all need to eat. Most of us dedicate an enormous amount of our time towards our jobs. Leaving us little time to pursue our passions. Every decision I make affects the other four members of my fami and I do not have the luxury of quitting my job and pursuing blogging full time. But here’s the thing, it’s a passion for me, so I make the time for it. Most of the time, my writing is done at 5am Texas time. My husband has left for work, my 3 babies are sleeping, and I am up writing instead of sleeping. Writing is something I put off for a long time but I realized I needed to make it happen. You can find a way too. Instead of focusing on everything holding you back, figure out ways around those obstacles. If you have to take a few extra steps to meet your goal or grow your dream, go for it anyway. Things might be tough for a bit but stick with it. Think of it as a season in life. Keep in mind that tough times always bring growth and knowledge. 

I truly hope this advise will reach out and touch someone’s heart in a way that changes and betters their life. These are the things I will teach my daughters when they grow up and ask me “what should I be?”. Best of luck to all of you readers out there. Get out there and find your calling.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Follow your calling not the gold

  1. very inspirational…as someone who has just discovered a passion I needed to read this post. thanks.

  2. You said, “Most of us dedicate an enormous amount of our time towards our jobs. Leaving us little time to pursue our passions. Every decision I make affects the other four members of my fami(ly) and I do not have the luxury of quitting my job and pursuing blogging full time. But here’s the thing, it’s a passion for me, so I make the time for it. Most of the time, my writing is done at 5am Texas time. My husband has left for work, my 3 babies are sleeping, and I am up writing instead of sleeping. Writing is something I put off for a long time but I realized I needed to make it happen”.

    I would endorse this wholeheartedly and go on to say that time, without a doubt, is the most valuable of all commodities; it’s priceless. That little statement in there “…husband has left for work, my 3 babies are sleeping…” shows that you’ve made the necessary adjustment to pursue your passion. I’m lucky in the sense that I am able to blog “full time” but that too has its downside because my passion is people and I don’t get to interact with anyone nowadays – except the postman now and again but he’s always in a hurry. If you’re open to advice, embrace every minute of time you have – irrespective of what you’re doing – and turn it into a triumph when you write about it later.

    Like you, I put off writing for a long time but, like you, I realised I had to do it or I was likely to go mad. I didn’t want to get to the age of seventy and look back back with regret, sad that I didn’t bite that bullet, forever wondering “what if”? I’d hate that, being at the end of time and realising I just didn’t do it.

    Don’t give up.

    On a final note, I read your article then had to scroll all the way back up to the top to leave a comment, which is a bit counter-intuitive. It might work better if your followers could leave a comment immediately after the article.

    Yours in the stuggle
    DB

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback David. I am so glad you have been able to take that scary leap and start writing. I hope it opens doors for future friendships and relationships for you. I will also see what I can do to re-structure the blog for easy commenting. I am glad you brought that to my attention 🙂

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