Earlier this week, In Blue kindly nominated me for the Illuminating Blogger Award. I love the Illuminating Blogger image, with a single candle flame burning brightly. Personally, when I stare at a candle for long enough, I find that I am usually illuminated in some way.
Thank you so much to In Blue for the nomination. If you have not checked out her blog yet, please do so. It is a true feast for the eyes and the soul.
The rules for this award are simple. I just need to tell one random thing about myself. One random thing that seems somewhat related to the Illuminating Blogger Award is that Paulo Coelho’s, The Alchemist, is the first and only book I have ever read in one sitting. Many years ago, I read the first few pages of the book and realized I had found a jewel. I turned off my phone, sat on the floor and read straight through, start to finish.
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I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes from this special book (which sits dog-eared and full of underlines on my bookshelf):
Everyone seems to have a clear idea about how other people should live their lives, but none about his or her own.
At a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate – that ‘s the world’s greatest lie.
[A Personal Legend is] what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.
When a person really wants something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.
When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.
The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil on the spoon.
We have to take advantage when luck is on our side, and do as much to help it as it’s doing to help us. It’s called the principle of favorability. Or beginner’s luck.
Making a decision is only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he never dreamed of when he first made the decision.
He had loved her before he even knew she existed.
Before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way…That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one dies of thirst, just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to be better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.
What do you think? What is your Personal Legend? What books have you read in one sitting? What books do you return to again and again to read what you have underlined or dog-eared?
I would also like to pass this award along to some illuminating blogs. I have recently found most of these and have truly enjoyed their work. I hope you will take a moment to visit each of them:
Blogging on the Bright Side
Writing Your Destiny
Real Women’s Health
Make the World Better
The Quiet One in the Corner
Thank you again to In Blue for the nomination. I am truly honored. And thank you all for reading.