Our philosophy is to be curious and exceed imagination. Take risks as there are great lessons to learn in being open to new experiences and opportunities. They can lead to avenues and adventure you never imagined existed.
Please enjoy this read from the Number 1 best selling novel The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho which inspired me to live the above philosophy and has delivered to me in abundance.
The Shepherd and the Crystal Merchant
Paulo Coelho, Published 1988, Excerpts from pages 47 - 62.
A card hanging in the doorway announced that several languages were spoken in the shop. The boy saw a man appear behind the counter. “I can clean up those glasses in the window if you want” said the boy “The way they look now, nobody is going to want to buy them”. The man looked at him without responding. “In return you could give me something to eat.”
The man still said nothing, and the boy sensed that he was going to have to make a decision. In his pouch, he had his jacket – he certainly wasn’t going to need it in the desert. Taking his jacket out, he began to clean the glasses. In half an hour, he had cleaned all the glasses in the window, and, as he was doing so, two customers had entered the shop and bought some crystal.
“I'd like you to work in my shop. Two customers came in today while you were working and that’s a good omen.”
“Do you want to work for me?” the merchant asked.
“I'll work for you” he said.
The boy had been working for the crystal merchant for almost a month. “I'd like to build a display case for the crystal” the boy said to the merchant “we could place it outside, and attract those people who pass from the bottom of the hill.” “I’ve never had one before” the merchant answered, “people will pass by and bump into it and pieces will be broken”. “Well, when I took my sheep through the fields some of them might have died if we had come upon a snake. But that’s the way life is with sheep and with shepherds”
The merchant turned to a customer who wanted three crystal glasses. He was selling better than ever…as if time had turned back to the old days when the street had been one of Tangiers major attractions. “Business has really improved,” he said to the boy, after the customer had left. “I’m doing much better, and soon you’ll be able to return to your sheep. Why ask more out of life?” “Because we have to respond to omens,” the boy said, almost without meaning to.
The boy’s very presence in the shop was an omen, and, as time passed and money was pouring into the cash drawer, he had no regrets about having hired the boy. Two days later, the merchant spoke to the boy about the display. “I don’t much like change,” he said. “You and I aren’t like Hassan, a rich merchant. If he makes a buying mistake, it doesn’t affect him much. But we to have to live with our mistakes”. That’s true enough, the boy thought, ruefully. “Why do you think we should have the display?” “I want to get back to my sheep faster. We have to take advantage when luck is on our side, and do as much to help it as it’s doing to help us.” That day the merchant gave the boy permission to build the display. Not everyone can see his dreams come true in the same way. Two more months passed and the shelf brought many customers into the crystal shop.
One afternoon he had seen a man at the top of the hill, complaining that it was impossible to find a decent place to get something to drink after such a climb. The boy, accustomed to recognizing omens, spoke to the merchant. “Lets sell tea to the people who climb the hill.” “Lots of places sell tea around here” the merchant said. “But we could sell tea in crystal glasses. The people will enjoy the tea and want to buy the glasses. I have been told that beauty is the great seducer of men.” He told the boy that he could begin to sell tea in the crystal glasses. Sometimes, there’s just no way to hold back the river.
The men climbed the hill, and they were tired when they reached the top. But there they saw a crystal shop that offered refreshing mint tea. They went in to drink the tea, which was served in beautiful crystal glasses. Before long, the news spread, and a great many people began to climb the hill to see the shop that was doing something new in trade that was so old. Other shops were opened that served tea in crystal, but they weren’t the shop at the top of the hill, and they had little business.
Eventually the merchant had to hire two more employees. He began to import enormous quantities of tea, along with his crystal, and his shop was sought out by men and women with a thirst for things new.
“I’m leaving today,” said the boy “I have the money I need to buy my sheep.”
“Will you give me your blessing?” asked the boy.
“You have helped me.”
“I am proud of you,” he said.
“You brought a new feeling into my crystal shop."
And he gave the boy his blessing.