chipmunk on the right

The sun rises in the east. The chipmunk eats. His mouth is full. All are happy.

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"...there was a language in the world that everyone understood...
it was the language of enthusiasm,
of things accomplished with love and purpose,
and as part of a search of something believed in and desired."

"When you want something with all your heart,that's when you are closest to the Soul of the World."

"If you can concentrate always on the present, you'll be a happy man...
Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we're living right now."

"The secret is here in the present.
If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it.
And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better.
Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings,
confident that God loves his children.
Each day, in itself, bring with in an eternity."

"There is only one way to learn...it's through action.
Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey."

"You don't even have to understand the desert:
all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand,
and you will see in it all the marvels of creation."

"Listen to your heart.
It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World,
and it will one day return there...
Wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure."

"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."

"...before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we've learned as we've moved toward that dream. That's the point at which most people give up. It's the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one 'dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.' Every search begins with beginner's luck. And every search ends with the victor's being severely tested."

Proverb: The darkest hour of the night came just before the dawn.

"Don't give into your fears...if you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart...
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

"Usually the threat of death makes people a lot more aware of their lives."

"It is we who nourish the Soul of the World,
and the world we live in will be either better or worse,
depending on whether we become better or worse.
And that's where the power of love comes in.
Because when we love,
we always strive to become better than we are."

~ excerpts from The Alchemist