One of the most valuable lessons Santiago learns in The Alchemist is the notion that fear is part of living a meaningful life. It is worse to not achieve his goals out of fear than to face fear, Santiago tells his heart: “Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” Santiago discovers that discomfort is part of living a life worth living.
A second lesson that Santiago understands is the importance of recognizing the wonder of life around you: “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” You only perceive every day as the same if you do not recognize all of the small and wonderful details which make it different.
A third lesson, related to the first one mentioned above, is that it...
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