All the universe conspires …

The Zahir - Paulo Coelho

The Zahir – Paulo Coelho

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

If we want something, all the universe conspires, even if we ourselves give it no further thought.

I awoke this morning with the thought: I would like to read The Zahir.

I then thought no more about it, the thought gone from my mind, and caught a train to Guildford to have lunch.

The first and only shop I walked into before lunch, there was a hardback copy of The Zahir staring me in the face.

Well I had no choice did I, I had to buy it, which I did.

I then continued on my way and had an excellent lunch at the Guildford Institute.

Friday lunch at the Guildford Institute is one of the best kept secrets in Guildford. It is one of the best places to eat in Guildford, but the only ones who know this have heard through word of mouth.

The Zahir was my first encounter with its author Paulo Coelho. And that was on the banks of the River Wey in Guildford!

Waiting at Guildford railway station for a train home, I was chatting to a very attractive female from Latin America. I think she was surprised I knew Latin American authors. She was catching the Reading train, which actually was my train, but as it was rush hour and I hate overcrowded rush-hour trains, I went on a detour via Aldershot, but not first without giving her my e-mail address, as I said I would provide her details of download of the Paulo Coelho back catalogue at 99 cents for an e-book from Harper Collins in the USA.

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