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The eternal malcontent

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

Shanti was travelling from town to town, preaching the Divine word, when a man came to him hoping that he would cure his ills.
 
‘Work, eat and praise God,’ Shanti told him.
 
‘When I work, my back hurts. When I eat, I get indigestion. When I drink, my throat burns. When I pray, I don’t feel that God is listening to me.’
 
‘Then find another teacher.’
 
The man left in disgust. Shanti remarked to those who had heard the conversation:
 
‘He had two possible ways of looking at things and he always chose the worst one. When he dies, he’ll probably complain about how cold it is in his grave.’

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