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What’s With The Name?

August 31, 2015

The name Seeking Emeralds was inspired by a story in one of my favorite books by Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist. This book has so many messages weaved throughout that I love. But here's one excerpt that prompted the name:

"The man told of a story of a miner who had abandoned everything to mine for emeralds. He worked for a certain river for five years and examined hundreds of thousands of stones looking for an emerald. The miner was about to give it all up right at the point when, if he were to examine one more stone, he would find his emerald.

He had sacrificed everything for his Personal Legend and the old man got involved by transforming himself into a stone that rolled up to the miner's foot. The miner with all of his frustration of his five fruitless years picked up the stone and threw it aside. He had thrown it with such force that it broke the stone it fell against. And there embedded in the broken stone was the most beautiful emerald in the world."

It is is a story about having the courage to just go for it.
It's about choosing to be brave over being comfortable.
It's about choosing what's right for you versus what is easy.
It's about seeking out what feeds you instead of giving in to what is expected of you.

Giving up would have been the easy way out for the miner. He could have called it a day and gone back to his daily routine, his comfortable life. But he would have missed out on uncovering the most beautiful emerald in the world, the thing that he knew was his "Personal Legend" (his dream, his calling, his soul purpose, or whatever word you are comfortable with).

I learned from author and speaker, Brene Brown, that the root of the word courage is cor - the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant "to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart." In other words - to be true to one self, to be radically authentic with abandon. It isn't easy to do in such a competitive, hyper-critical world. It takes courage to go against what is expected of you and open yourself up to criticism and judgment. But the rewards are oh so sweet.

This blog is about my journey mining for emeralds. And maybe inspiring you to seek out yours.  

So, what calls to you, to your heart? How far do your dreams stretch? Do you feed them or did you abandon them long ago? You don't need to give up everything like the miner or quit your job to travel the world. Perhaps it's taking that cooking class you've always wanted to, studying photography, leaving a confining relationship, starting that business, changing careers, or learning to surf.

Whatever your emerald is, get after it.