Today I want to share with you a passage from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I have shared from this book on the blog before. This tiny, simple little book is such a guiding star for me. I have almost the entire thing underlined and highlighted!
This passage pretty much sums up what this week has been for me, both personally and professionally. Lots of wheel spinning going on around me. Many good souls being held back by shadowy fears. Not much bold stepping forward happening. I don’t like to see this in others and I certainly don’t like to see it in myself! Every day this week I opened my morning pages with the prompt “What is holding me back?” Then one day, I flipped through The Alchemist and found my answer. I hope it speaks to some of you as well:
‘Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,’ his heart said. ‘We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them – the path to their Personal Legends, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and because they do, the world turns out , indeed, to be a threatening place.
So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.’
‘Why don’t people’s hearts tell them to continue to follow their dreams?’ the boy asked the alchemist?
‘Because that’s what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don’t like to suffer.’
From then on, the boy understood his heart. He asked it, please, never to stop speaking to him. He asked, that when he wandered far from his dreams, his heart press him and sound the alarm. The boy swore that, every time he heard the alarm, he would heed it’s message.
Training-wise however, I had a great week. Despite the ongoing backache, I feel strong and healthy. The weather now is simply glorious. Perfect temps, sunshine, flowers blooming, green filling my eyes, instead of summer’s dusty brown. I LOVE running in this weather! Here are the T-minus 20 weeks training details:
Sunday, Nov. 6 – Ran 5K, plus strength training abs + arms
Monday, Nov. 7 – Ran in Vibrams 4K (yay!), strength training back and lower body
Tuesday, Nov. 8 -1 hour strength training full body
Wednesday, Nov. 9 – Spinning
Thursday, Nov. 10 – Rest Day
Friday, Nov. 11 – Ran 11.5K (68 minutes)
Training Song of the Week: I’ve logged a countless number of miles to this song over the years. To all of The Who’s songs really. Quadrophenia was pretty much the soundtrack of my younger running years. This special video that I found looks like it may actually be Keith Moon’s final appearance on film. He died 3 weeks after this song was released. Gone, but never, never forgotten. And I love that his headphones are duct-taped to this head here.
Come on, tell me who are you?: