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Tudo é uma coisa só. -- Everything is only one thing.

I'm frantically reading a book right now for book club because I'm only 1/2 done, and book club is next week! It's a book that was originally written in Portuguese, so of course, what did I decide to do? I chose to read it in Portuguese! But omg...so many vocabulary words I didn't know has meant for a long, long slog!

The Alchemist -- o Alquimista -- is a pretty decent book, and that is something which surprised me. The slogan on the book -- Quando você quer alguma coisa, todo o universo conspira para que você realize seu desejo. -- When you want something, all of the universe conspires so that you realize your desire. -- sounded pretty 'new agey' to me, so I didn't expect much substance. But I have enjoyed it so far.

The book reminds me of my 2015 Sabbatical ("sabbatical*3" as a I tagged it), where things kept falling into my lap without much effort on my part -- I seemed to have just been in the right place at the right time.

Here's what I wrote in this journal about that Sabbatical:

Serendipitous Events:

There were some things that just seemed to fall in my lap without my trying. It seemed I was just in the right place at the right time.
  1. Brazil trip — this was not something I organized. A friend of a friend knew I wanted to go, and she connected me with someone who was organizing a trip.
  2. Nude model — I had wanted to practice nude photography again because I was not entirely satisfied with the results the 1st time I tried it. And I ended up meeting a guy who just volunteered to be the model!
  3. Main Street Station Clock tower — in the area and talking to people, and got invited to climb into the tower.
  4. Hosting a couchsurfer (the Belgian guy). I had signed up for Couchsurfing.com years ago and had not used it. I had forgotten all about it until he contacted me through the site!
The book's slogan matches what I felt during the last Sabbatical...which leads me to question why I didn't continue to tap into that feeling of being on the right path!

Yesterday I went hiking with a friend, and I was describing the book and how it reminded me of the Sabbatical*3. I'm still thinking about that, and here are some pictures from the hike --
Field of yellow flowers

Hiking a trail with a friend yesterday

Hiking a trail with a friend yesterday

Old building on hike today -- bullet holes?

I don't feel sidetracked right now and don't think I did the wrong thing by coming back to the workaday, 9 to 5 job...But I do think that my realization during the Sabbatical of being on the right path was important, and that my job right now is to make sure I don't forget what I felt during Sabbatical*3 and return to that path at some point.


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"O seguro morreu de velho, mas o desconfiado ainda está vivo." -- "The safe one died of old age, but the suspicious one is still living."