I’ve been busy creating something big over the past several months but I can’t tell you about it yet because one of my rituals during my creative process is to keep my mouth shut until that special something is finished. The oven door on my project must stay tightly closed as though I’m baking a cake, careful not to pull it open to savor the aromas before letting it pop closed and risking the whole damn thing flopping.
But recently a reader dropped me a line on my website asking where the hell I’ve been all summer, so I want to offer both my explanation and my revelation.
I’ve been studying alchemy.
One of my favorite books of all, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, first introduced me to the subject years ago. It is the story of a boy on a mission to fulfil his personal legend—that means, figure out his life’s purpose and to find his pot of gold. During his journey, he encounters The Alchemist—a mysterious man who knows how to turn ordinary lead into gold and who understands many secrets of the universe.
If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do. And if you pay attention to the words and story, you may learn where you can find your own buried treasure. We all have a pot of gold out there for us—we just have to be willing to saddle up the horse and go get it.
Set wild, unrealistic goals, achieve them, and watch the world around you begin to change for the better as a direct result of your success. That’s what I learned from the book and that’s exactly what I’m doing right now.
So sit tight for a few more minutes while I let my gold cool off so that I can share it with you. And in the meantime, read my favorite book and tell me what you think about it.