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Apollo and Daphne

Author: Paulo Coelho

By Paulo Coelho

The god Apollo pursues the nymph Daphne into the woods. He is in love with her, but Daphne – who is always being courted by everyone – can no longer bear her own splendour and calls on the gods to help her, saying:
‘Destroy this beauty that never allows me any peace.’
The gods hear Daphne’s plea and transform her into a tree. Apollo cannot find her, for she is now merely part of the vegetation.
Daphne behaved in a way that is familiar to us all: we often destroy our own talents because we do not know what to do with them.
The mediocrity of being ‘just another person’ is more comfortable than the struggle to reveal everything we are capable of, using the gifts that God gave us.

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