Le Guin, Coelho and Life Lessons from a Pearl

Two Literary Pearls of Wisdom:

It is good to have an end to journey towards but it is the journey in the end that matters – Ursula K. Leguin

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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On!” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

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Success: a Destination or a Journey?

Success (as someone once observed), is not a destination – it is a journey!

Whether as a child of God making my journey towards God’s promised land (his promises to me), or towards my eternal destiny (Heaven), or my self-imposed journey as a purpose-driven achiever (becoming a woman of excellence and achieving supernatural success), then it is not the destination that matters (important as it is), but my journey towards that destination.

Whether as a child of God, as a spiritual pilgrim, or as an aspiring achiever, the journey is fraught with difficulties, obstacles and set-backs.  Some of the issues that I face, have faced, or will face, are from without (i.e. outside of my control), but most are from within.

 

Look out for your outlook!

Now, I’ve learned through wisdom gleaned from those who’ve walked the path before me, that it is my outlook on life—i.e. my perspective of personal circumstances, my hang-ups, my frustrations, my insecurities, my disappointments (which can grow into disillusionment)—that colours my attitude, influences my thoughts, affects my emotions and directs my conduct.

Furthermore, I’ve discovered that these things will have a knock-on effect, an impact upon my desired outcome: upon whether or not I am successful, whether or not I advance or retreat, or am momentarily, or even permanently diverted from my pathway.

I think of the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho*, and what he had to say about his journey towards authorial success.  He revealed that there were people in his life, who sought to discourage him from following his dream. They believed that what he wanted to achieve (to become a writer), was a foolish, juvenile dream. They were wrong! He is reported to have achieved sales of over 32 million books and his works have been translated into more than 50 languages.

 

Ditch the dream-slayers!

Now I know that there will always be nay-sayers and dream-slayers in my life. They may not even intentionally mean any harm but the Enemy is quick to use what they have done or said, to add to my own doubts and uncertainties. Can you relate?

Let me ask you dear reader – do you have a dream?

Becoming a dream-achiever takes determination, patience, persistence and self-belief. And if you add to this, faith in God and spiritual integrity, I believe the world (as they say), can be your oyster.

 

Passion + Persistence = Pearls

I don’t know what that saying means to you personally, but as I wrote those words, I suddenly had an epiphany. Pearls only materialise when an irritant finds its way into the oyster shell. And it is because of that irritation, that undesirable situation (from the shell’s perspective), that something of great value is created.

And so the moral of my post today is this: don’t allow dream-slayers or set-backs (i.e. the irritants of your life) to put you off your path. Don’t give in to emotional or psychological pressures, which don’t serve your purpose in life. Don’t become diverted from your journey as a purpose-driven achiever.

Do however, allow God to change you, to hone your character, to transform that source of irritation and discomfort, into a thing of beauty and intrinsic value.

 

Your world awaits you

You are precious dear reader. Your Creator is waiting to showcase his glory through your life. Your potential dream-world awaits you. Will you make that choice to pursue that goal, to reveal your uniqueness, to serve the needs of those around you with your gifts, talent and love?

Continue on your journey purpose-driven believer and aspiring dream-achiever. Continue on your pilgrimage of discovery and go make a difference!

 

Bonus material

*You can learn more about Paulo Coelho’s success and the obstacles he faced here:

 

NB: although the video is over an hour long, if you don’t have the time to watch right to the end, the first 2-3mins will provide sufficient information about this author’s inspiring story. And if it piques your interest, you can always bookmark it to watch at a more convenient time.

 

Lady Cee’s Challenge:

What setbacks have you experienced on your journey? Has anything in this post encouraged, or inspired you afresh? Why not share your response in a comment box below? I’d love to hear from you.

 

Credit: The above CC0 image comes courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

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3 thoughts on “Le Guin, Coelho and Life Lessons from a Pearl

  1. Beautiful post as always!!

    One of my FaceBook friends wrote a book that is based around this premise. If you enjoy reading, her name is Sharon Fox and the devotional she wrote is called “His Pearl I Am”. It’s a beautiful book that gave me this insight about the irritant and goes into even more detail. It’s a great illustration!

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    1. Hi Shell Vera. Thank you for your encouraging comment and for the book recommendation. I do appreciate you stopping by.

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  2. And to answer your challenge, when I have had a setback, what has encouraged me is to read Exodus, Numbers, Joshua. By doing this, I remember that God knows what path is best for me and how I need to walk to get to my destination. His way of success (the Promised Land) will only be postponed if I do it my way and don’t obey His instructions. Great post!

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