"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
But what if you think you exerted all effort in achieving what you set for your self and for your loved one/s, and instead of the universe conspiring to help you achieve your goal/s, it seems all the universe conspired against you?
But despite what you feel - that the universe is against you - there's this person or people who make you feel good, who comfort you, who tell you that what you're going through is just a test, to examine your strength, to extend your grace to the limitless possible, so you would be ready for far, greater challenges.
Yet, even the presence or the support of your loved one/s or people close to you, you still feel the universe is conspiring against you. And you rather wallow and spend a day cursing under your breath or while the night out getting drunk at that. Don't you think that would make you really look helpless, and prove further that the universe - or whatever force that is - is conspiring against you?
If you're the loved one of this person who feel the universe is against him/her, will you stop caring, encouraging, loving, understanding this person because he/she chose to wallow or curse or drink or be alone until he/she would be really in a miserable state?
If you're that loved one or close friend, will you now feel sad, troubled, confused - since despite your care, encouragement, love, understanding that person who feel the universe is conspiring against him/her chose to wallow, curse, drink, be alone - will you also feel that the universe is conspiring against you? That you're now feeling helpless and in a state of mess for not being able to get this person out of the unpleasant situation he/she is into now?
What will happen to the two of you then? You will both think and feel and be convinced the universe is against the both of you? Where is the truth, the hope, the light, from such inspiring message popularized by Coelho?
For now, all you have to do is wait until that person comes back from his/her hiatus, stop cursing, cease drinking, and find his/her way to rebound, and realize that perhaps, there is really no universe conspiring against him/her - what he/she is going through now is a result of his/her past actions that he/she chose to undertake.
As for you, the loved one or the close friend, don't start feeling that the universe is conspiring against you - if you think so, then there'll be two more miserable people in this world - this person dear to you who thinks the universe conspires against him/her - and you.
It maybe hard, but hang on, continue to care, encourage, love, and understand this person - and care, encourage, love, and understand yourself more as well. When he/she is ready to deal with whatever challenges come his/her way, you two can work hand in hand, care, encourage, love, and understand one another - strongly this time, after learning your lessons from such "the-universe-is-conspiring-against-us" experience or situation - and make the most out of your lives, together at that.
And with that, perhaps Paulo Coelho - among other optimists - would be right in saying: "When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
For now, the loved one or the close friend, all you can do is wait....