The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was a very refreshing story. If you haven’t read the book yet, stop reading this right now. I’m going to spoil it for you. My favorite part of the story goes as follows,
‘He fell asleep, and when he awoke the sun was already high. He began to dig at the base of the sycamore. “You old sorcerer,” the boy shouted up to the sky. “You knew the whole story. You even left a bit of gold at the monastery so I could get back to this church. The monk laughed when he saw me come back in tatters. Couldn’t you have saved me from that?”
“No,” he heard a voice on the wind say. “If I had told you, you wouldn’t have seen the Pyramids. They’re beautiful, aren’t they?” The boy smiled, and continued digging. Half an hour later, his shovel hit something solid. An hour later, he had before him a chest of Spanish gold coins.’
And if you’re stubborn enough to keep reading this before the book… well, the story is about a shepherd boy trying to follow a dream he believes to be prophetic. The boy travels far and wide in the hope of unearthing treasure, which turned out to be buried back at home all the while. It simply challenges how people overlook the most priceless things when they’re disguised as ordinary objects.
Oversight is the greatest weakness one can have. It’s like making a mistake without even realizing it. When a doctor makes a mistake, a person goes 7 feet below the ground. When a judge makes a mistake, a person goes 7 feet above the ground. It has a different significance for everyone. It’s not simple. The good news is that it’s not a deadly disease – so it’s not all that contagious and definitely curable. We all secretly long for more without appreciating what we have.
We’ve been working and worrying so much for so long.. it’s time to sit back and catch our breath before we carry on any further. When you start seeing things a lot clearer, you can start concentrating on what is necessary. The clarity vanishes almost instantly as we slip back to our routines. You start healing when you notice details others don’t see. You start living when you help them see it.