Oh, Santiago! If only all of us could listen to the wisdom of our hearts...if we could acknowledge the obstacles and omens on our path, and learn from them. Then, as you have, we may find that our dreams would not be so elusive. Like a fable or parable, Coelho in his simplicity of storytelling inspires the reader to search for the wisdom that will lessen the burden of the complexities of life and make it a masterpiece.
The way I look at it, Santiago’s quest, dressed in magic and fantasy, is very much like our daily journey. We all aspire to something greater in our lives, but we have difficulty getting there. Instead of only envisioning the end, like Santiago we should keep an eye on the road as well. If we do, we may see the potholes or someone who may need a lift along the way. Sometimes we may need that lift... or get the nudge to take that next step. As the Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”