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Miss Cockroach and the coin

Author: Paulo Coelho

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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