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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
According to Wikipedia, Alchemy is both "a philosophy and a practice with an aim of achieving ultimate wisdom as well as immortality". Before being displaced by modern chemistry, the practice of alchemy spanned 2500 years or more with alchemists aiming to turn lead into gold, create the elixir of life and discover a universal solvent.
It can be argued "Transformation" forms the foundation of "Alchemy".
Yesterday, TSB offered a hint of a real-life, no bullshit, transformation in a post titled "2010 Alchemy".
Few transformations compare to the one about a guy named Chris who returned home from jail to an empty apartment. His girlfriend and his son gone. Also gone are all of his possessions, including suits, shoes and business apparel. With no experience, no college education, virtually no connections, and with the same casual clothes he had been wearing on the day he was taken into custody for unpaid parking tickets, Chris earns a spot in a stock brokerage training program.
Despite being broke and homeless, nothing would get in the way of this single dad and his Pursuit of Happyness.
In his international best-seller. "The Alchemist", Paulo Coelho reveals there are four obstacles to achieving any personal form of alchemy like a Chris Gardner. It goes back to when we were kids and told from childhood that everything is impossible. Secondly, we are afraid to hurt those we love for sake of pursuing a dream. Thirdly, the fear of defeats we are certain to encounter along the way and finally the guilt from feeling we’re not deserving of the dream.
Four obstacles that ultimately serve as a test of one's character.
Long before his story was immortalized by Hollywood, Chris Gardner figured out that character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints.
Character is something we take responsibility for forming.
Transforming ourselves and those around us.
A more personal form of alchemy.
"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both"
JAMES A. MICHENER
p.s... In case you missed it yesterday, this helps put the "alchemy" angle in context.