I'm not much of a reader, many books I pick up I have high hopes for and don't finish. Probably half the books I've "read" have actually finished all the way through. That probably goes against the grain for INFPs, as they are likened to great reading and writing skills usually.
How I stumbled upon The Alchemist is an interesting story: Looking back it was as if I was receiving signs to pick it up, similar to the signs or omens that Santiago comes across in The Alchemist. But, that is all really besides the point. The point is I stumbled upon this amazing little text, less than 200 pages, and it really had an affect on me. I liked how short it was; how fast a read it was. Because I'm not a very committed reader, as I said before, but that is something I do hope to change. Either way it was really just the perfect book for me, something short, but with great substance.
A big idea in the book is about fulfilling your personal legend. This means following your heart, following every omen that presents itself to you, and not ignoring them. All in the idea of fulfilling your lifes purpose, your destiny. It also presents the idea that when a person really desires something, the universe will conspire in every way for that thing to happen. I truly believe that this book is a great respresentation of how rewarding a life can be once you are bitten by the positive thinking bug. Once you become an optimist, there is really nothing that can stop you from what you want to become. It also shows, though, the kind of hurdles one must endure to accomplish what they really desire. Even accepting death as an inevitability. Because one cannot truly live, until they understand that they are going to die. Otherwise you will hide away your whole life, letting fears dictate your every move. This idea really hits home for me because I tend to fall back on Introverted Feeling and my shyness. So I can get REAL comfortable hiding in my room for days on end, just day-dreaming away - but in the end I never accomplish a thing.
But all this good advice the book had to offer for someone like myself would be a complete waste if it didn't offer good reasoning behind its optimism. And this was best described to me when everytime Santiago has a fear of moving on in life, or going away to some place foreign, or leaving loved ones behind, he always reminds himself that he can always go back if he chooses. And each time he moves on, he has even more places or people that he could always go back to. This idea really broke down some of my emotional barriers. It suddenly made sense to leave your comfort zone. It is also said that the biggest reason for people not fulfilling their personal legend is the fear of failure. I'm sure I'm not the only one to ever have such fears
I just thought this book was great. And it really spoke to me spiritually, as I do think of myself as a spiritual person, and it actually sparked a motivation within myself, to start living my OWN life. To start fulfilling my own personal legend. Won't you as well?