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Author: Paulo Coelho

Think of the caterpillar
It spends most of its life on the ground, envying the birds and indignant at its fate and its shape.

“I am the most disliked of all the creatures,” it thinks. “Ugly, repulsive, and condemned to
crawl along the ground.”

One day, though, Mother Nature asks the caterpillar to make a cocoon. The caterpillar is startled -it has never made a cocoon before.
It thinks that it is building his tomb, and prepares to die.
Although unhappy with life it has led up until then, it complains to God:
“Just when I finally became accustomed to things, Lord, you take away what little I have.”

In desperation, it locks himself into the cocoon and awaits the end.
Some days later, it finds that it has been transformed into a beautiful Butterfly. It is able to fly to the sky, and it is greatly admired.


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