Every soap fan knows that as soon as their favorite couple meets that long-anticipated togetherness, it usually spells back burner status and being trotted out every so often to show how happy they are now that they’ve overcome all those…
The book in my hand, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a remarkable tale about the most magical of all journeys: the quest to fulfil one’s destiny.
In the book, one of the characters is an old crystal merchant.
“I dream of going to Mecca,” he says at one stage. “I’ve already imagined a thousand times crossing the desert, arriving at the Plaza of the Sacred Stone. I’ve imagined the seven times I walk around it before I allow myself to touch it… But I am afraid that it will all be a disappointment, so I just prefer dreaming about it.”