With kind words the abbot said to the father: “I was glad for you last night. You sang all night and prayed. You did well! But you would have had a bigger blessing to sit a half an hour next to your wife and help her feed and put the babies to sleep. Because for you, the ones who are married, the prostrations are your children. When they will grow up you will have time for the rest.
While he was going to seek water day after day, the old man wondered “why should I do this painful effort every day? I’d rather move my shelter close to the stream of water, so I spare myself the effort”. But while we was thinking all this, he felt the presence of somebody behind him, following his steps. He stopped and waited for the person to come closer. The old man asked: “Who are you?”
An old man was living in the desert, about 12 miles from any water source. Each day walking to bring water, very tired and upset the man said: ‘Why do I need this daily tiredness? Rather, I should move my shelter next to the water, in order not be troubled anymore or to get tired’. But saying this in his mind, he felt somebody’s presence behind him, on his tracks. He stopped and waited for the one that was following him and asked him: ‘Who are you?’.