A parable – Take My Hand

January 18, 2014 by  
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Mulla NasrudinOne day Mulla Nasrudin saw a crowd gathered around a pond. The village miser had fallen in the water and was calling for help.

People were leaning over and saying, “Give me your hand! Give me your hand!” But he didn’t pay attention to their offer to rescue him; he kept wrestling with the water and shouting for help.

Finally Mulla Nasrudin stepped forward: “Let me handle this.” He stretched out his hand toward the miser and shouted at him, “Take my hand!”

The man grabbed Mulla’s hand and was hoisted out of the pond. People, very surprised, asked Mulla for the secret of his strategy.

“It is very simple,” he replied. “I know this miser wouldn’t give anything to anyone. So instead of saying ‘Give me your hand,’ I said, ‘take my hand,’ and sure enough he took it.”

– fwd: reuben tellis

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