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How to do what I want

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

When he died, Juan found himself in an exquisite place, surrounded by all the comfort and beauty he had always dreamed of. A man dressed in white spoke to him:
 
‘You can have anything you want, any food, any pleasure, any diversion,’ he said.
 
Delighted, Juan did everything he had dreamed of doing while alive. Then, after many years of pleasure, he again searched out the man in white.
 
‘I’ve done everything I wanted to do. Now I need a job, so that I can feel useful,’ he said.
 
‘I’m sorry,’ replied the man in white. ‘But that is the one thing I can’t give you; there is no work here.’
 
‘How awful!’ said Juan angrily. ‘That means I’ll spend all eternity bored to death! I wish I was in Hell!’
 
The man in white came over to him and said softly:
 
‘And where exactly do you think you are, sir?’

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