Inspiration for the Soul

People read books for different reasons. Sometimes it is to gather some technical or other information, study material, entertainment or something else. However, there are some texts that I feel can touch our souls. There are some stories that generate a strange feeling of love and warmth and take you away from your day-to-day tensions of life. Today I'm going to present one such text. It is from a famous book called "The Alchemist".

"I'm the king of Salem," the old man had said.
"Why would a king be talking with a shepherd?" the boy asked, awed
and embarrassed.
"For several reasons. But let's say that the most important is that you
have succeeded in discovering your Personal Legend."
The boy didn't know what a person's "Personal Legend" was.
"It's 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."
None of what the old man was saying made much sense to the boy.
But he wanted to know what the "mysterious force" was; the
merchant's daughter would be impressed when he told her about that!
"It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how
to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will,
because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or
whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's
because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your
mission on Earth."

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