The Shortcut

Walking home one wonderful morning, Nasrudin thought that it would be a good idea to take a short cut through the woods. Why, he asked himself, should I plod along a dusty road when I could be communing with Nature, listening to the birds and looking at the flowers? This is inded a day of days; a day for fortunate pursuits!

So saying, he launched himself into the greenery. He had not gone very far, however, when he fell into a pit, where he lay reflecting.

It is not such a fortunate day, after all, he meditated; in fact it is just as well that I took this short cut. If things like this can happen in a beautiful setting like this, what might not have befallen me on that nasty highway?

This spiritual story is from the book The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah.

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