The Negative Impact of Dreams Lost

Have you given up a dream you have held since childhood or young adulthood? Or are you starting to think of giving up a dream because of any number of reasons?

Before you totally let go your dream or give up another dream study the powerful words below taken from The Pilgrimage written by Paulo Coelho. Then I recommend you reflect on these words to see if they ‘ring true’ for you in your personal experience and your experience of how others act after they have given up their dreams. You may wish to do this before you continue on your way just so you can be sure of what you are doing.

Coelho wrote:

“When we renounce our dreams and find peace,” he said after a while, “we go through a short period of tranquility. But the dead dreams begin to rot within us and to infect our entire being. We become cruel to those around us, and then we begin to direct this cruelty against ourselves. That’s when illnesses and psychoses arise. What we sought to avoid in combat – disappointment and defeat – came upon us because of our cowardice. And one day, the dead, spoiled dreams make it difficult to breathe, and we actually seek death.”

This exert is from page 59 of my copy of The Pilgrimage and I share it with you to inspire you to read more of Coelho’s book that is based on his own personal spiritual experience during a pilgrimage.

Personally, this exert from The Pilgrimage is an incredibly powerful and disturbing image and it urges me to evaluate my dreams very deeply before changing them or giving them up, does it impact you this way? I welcome you to write about this in your own space online.

Your friend on the journey,


P.S. You may also wish to read another of my favorite books by Paulo Coelho, the best selling novel The Alchemist