Keeping friends – Paulo Coelh: 10 SEC READING

When she was eleven years old, Anita went to her mother to complain.

“I can’t manage to have friends. They all stay away from me because I’m so jealous.”

Her mother was taking care of newly-born chickens, and Anita held up one of them, which immediately tried to escape.
The more the girl squeezed it in her hands, the more the chicken struggled.

Her mother said: “try holding it gently.”
Anita obeyed her. She opened her hands and the chicken stopped struggling.
She began to stroke it and the chicken cuddled up between her fingers.

“Human beings are like that too,” said her mother. “If you want to hold onto them by any means, they escape. But if you are kind to them, they will remain for ever by your side.”

Original: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2011/02/22/on-jealousy/

Quotes from Paulo Coelho books

We all prayed to our own god. Who has always been the same god, even though people insist on calling him by different names.

We can find a way of transforming the reason for our suffering into the reason for our joy, and will end up finding our true destiny.

A warrior of light who trust too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent

Declaration of principles

1] All human beings are different. And should do everything possible to continue to be so.

2] Each human being has been granted two courses of action: that of deed and that of contemplation. Both lead to the same place.

3] Each human being has been granted two qualities: power and gift. Power drives a person to meet his/her destiny, his gift obliges that person to share with others which is good in him/her. A human being must know when to use power, and when to use compassion.

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