Saturday, March 26, 2005


Today, my brother walked into my bedroom. Unannounced. Without a knock. I wasn't there. My boyfriend was. In his underwear.

What a shock. Yep, I'm gay.

Monday, March 07, 2005


The epiphanous thought for today is: You can handle it. Yes, say it: I can handle it.

It's very powerful, though I know it's so simple. I started saying that last week whenever I didn't feel like doing something or didn't think I could do it. I can handle it. By saying those words, I acknowledge that I possess the agency to stay the course in anything I choose to do. I have power.

Susan Jeffers' Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway is a good follow-up to The Alchemist because they both touch on similar themes - finding your dreams and how to achieve it, and, just as important, trust in you. Wonderful life lessons. Read it!

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Wednesday, March 02, 2005


In this edition of Cuong's Book Club, we learn to follow our dreams in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist.

The fable is about a shepherd who dreams of a treasure one night that sends him on a journey to discover his dreams. I know it sounds kinda cheesy, but... Along the way, he encounters a gypsy, an Englishman and an alchemist, all eventually leading him on his way to finding his Personal Legend, "a path charted by the mysterious magnet of destiny but obscured by distractions." Learning about omens, faith and destiny, he realizes that when he really wants something "all the universe conspires" to help him achieve it.

It is a simple reminder that once we figure out what we want in life, it is our job to follow our dreams. It is our only obligation.

The Alchemist

What do you think of The Alchemist?