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As some of you may already know from my past post, 10 Books to Inspire Your Next Direction in Life, I am a huge fan of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was as I was rereading this book a second time recently that I questioned, "Why have I never thought to pick up any of his other books to stir up some philosophical thoughts on life?"

I went to my local library and checked out his book Brida, about a girl seeking knowledge. (I also highly recommend using your library as a resource in your own journey for knowledge. It’s free and sustainable, what better way to start learning something new?) With the seasons preparing to change for warmer weather, I felt it would be appropriate to share a concept that Brida describes on growth:

"In life, each person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they're doing. Then they find they're hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.

Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener's constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventurer.

Gardeners always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World."

After reading this passage from Brida, I now realize that I had been a builder throughout my