Words of Support and Encouragement Week of July 20, 2009


thealchemistToday is our Syracuse office Circle of Hope Meeting, and we will be discussing many topics, including The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  If you are in the area, stop by for some great conversation and advice from Dr. Rob.  This week’s quote is also from The Alchemist:

‘Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.’

Think of when you are younger, you typically knew exactly what you wanted and what made you happy.  It didn’t matter if it was conventional, or the right thing to do, it is just what worked for you at the moment.  That is what your Personal Legend was, what you were supposed to do, and what worked.  Now, as we get older we tend to change our Personal Legends to fit what we think they should be.  ‘I need this particular job, with this particular spouse, and two kids, a boy and a girl’.  This may make society happy, but it may not be what you want.  It is important to really boil down what your most basic needs and desires are.  What ‘must’ your family be composed of?  Do you ‘need’ children to be happy?  Do they have to be biologically yours?  Do you need to have them by a certain age?  These are all very difficult, but very important questions to ask yourself because you will eventually have a small set of rules or conditions that outline your Personal Legend, or your dream.  Once you have these particular guidelines figured out, it is a lot easier to work towards them.  Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks, or wants.  This is your life, your dream, and your family.  Imagine yourself as a child, and just picture what would make you the happiest, at this moment.
Be good to yourself,
Lisa Stack