Miss Cockroach and the coin

By Paulo Coelho

An old children’s story tells of Miss Cockroach, who found a coin as she was sweeping out her house. After a long time spent at her window, choosing the right mate to accommodate all her fears and anxieties, she ended up marrying John Shrew. And as everyone knows, John Shrew fell in the stew.
Often in our lives, we find a coin that has been given to us by fate, and we believe it to be the one treasure of our lives. We end up placing so much value on that one thing that fate – the same fate that gave us the coin – decides to take it back.
Those who are afraid of making a choice, always choose wrongly.

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  1. LIANA says:

    I also found my own mistake in this story…I focused all my dreams and thoughts,all my expectations on one person.And I lost him forever…
    But your writings help me to go on…
    Thanks,Mr Coelho!

  2. gulnaz says:

    this speaks to me about the mistake i have been making uptill now in my life.

  3. Chus says:

    All in this life is temporary, instead of worrying about things, we should enjoy the moment they are within our reach.

    That old man that said years ago “carpe diem” wasn’t so wrong in my opinion…

  4. Paul Taylor says:

    Reminds me of that numbingly mind stopping moment when, in response to asking her if she thought the glass was half full or half empty, she said, “It depends on whether you’re pouring in or pouring out?”

    Yeah, trying to read the signs may not be as simple as black and white, or colors, but of sound and smell and all sorts of other things!!! My God is tricky that way.

  5. Tania says:

    One can treasure lots of things ,but one also knows that it can be taken away from you at any time …Treasure everything not just one coin …choose a life that is well lived. Blessings Tania

  6. Gina says:

    Repetitio est mater studiorum, Master Paulo?
    This is the same story of 9.january! :-D