I have recently read The Alchemist and I sincerely feel changed. This post and my next one will relate to this book and they will be a different kind of book review. I will start out by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Paulo Coelho. His writing is deep bringing you to a new place and thought process. He brings you on quite the journey of mind, body and spirit through a journey in the desert. I would recommend this book to everyone!
The Alchemist notes that the world has many languages which is obviously true. But it speaks of the universal language. One everyone can talk even without speaking the same language. There is a scene from the book where the boy is in a new city helping someone set up a stand. Neither of them speaking the same language but they help each other successfully while smiling and laughing. The boy speaks about their enthusiasm being apparent and easily interpreted between each other. The universal language is what makes this so.
How true this is. I witnessed this the other day. I had my son at an amusement park standing in line for a ride. A little girl began talking to my son and she was speaking another language. At first my son was trying to understand what she was saying then they boy became extremely excited about this ride. They were jumping up and down. They began laughing and shouting. They even hugged each other. In that moment they understood one another without speaking the same language. I remembered watching them smiling and giggling with them. Their happiness was my own. It was the cutest thing and so heartfelt.
Especially since reading this book it brought new meaning to me. The universal language is love. Love is something everyone can understand and relate to. This is universal of all ages and languages. I hadn't thought about it until this book but we do it with our children. As babies they can't talk to us. They can't take care of themselves. Their only form of communication is crying and yet somehow we learn their cries. We know which one is hungry, needs to be changed, sleepy or my belly hurts. It is around us daily we simply overlook it.
Part one of this post I am challenging you, the reader to read this book and then think of an instance in your own life where this can relate to you.
Stay tuned for post number 2, it will give you the next challenge!