Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Keeping friends - From Paulo Coelho's Blog

When she was eleven years old, Anita went to her mother to complain.

“I can’t manage to have friends. They all stay away from me.”

Her mother was taking care of newly-born chickens and Anita held up one of them, which immediately tried to escape.The more the girl squeezed it in her hands, the more the chicken struggled.

Her mother said: “try holding it gently.”Anita obeyed her. She opened her hands and the chicken stopped struggling.She began to stroke it and the chicken cuddled up between her fingers.

“Human beings are like that too,” said her mother. “If you want to hold onto them by any means, they escape. But if you are kind to them, they will remain for ever by your side.”


bhavin said...


Alka Singh said...

All one needs is a little love, care, kindness and compassion !! Is it so difficult to share ? Instead, we take things an people for granted :-( Hope we understand that relationships need to be nurtured gently with love and compassion and by being harsh and ruthless !