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The dervish Who Asked to Kill

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Once there was a dervish who wandered into wild country far from the safety of the town, where he was beset by robbers. Finding that he had no money the bandit's leader ordered his men to slay the dervish.


The Builder

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An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.


Planting Hope

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About 40 years ago, I was taking a long trip on foot over mountain heights, an ancient region where the Alps thrust down into Provence. This was an area that was quite unknown to tourists since it was barren and colourless land, and nothing grew there except wild lavender. I was crossing the area at its widest point, and after three days of walking, found myself in the midst of unparalleled desolation.


The Little Beautiful Boxes

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“Let us recall those little glass boxes we saw in a shop in Harrogate.  The boxes with flowers and beautiful designs painted on them…"


A story about Laila and Majnun

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Majnun walking lost in the thought of Laila passed right in front of someone praying. The person became so upset, that after leaving prayer, confronted Majnun saying; Do you not know how rude and wrong it is to pass in front of someone praying?

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