THE WISDOM OF AGE
Turkish folk hero Mulla Nasr Edin had reached old age
and was sitting in a tea house with friends looking back on his life:
“When I was a young man I was filled with the goal of
awakening everyone and I prayed to God to give me what was
needed to change the world.
One day in middle age I realized that my life was half over and
I had accomplished little. I had changed no one. So again I prayed to
God to give me what was needed to change only those near me, since it
was obvious that they needed to change.
Now that I have reached old age my prayer is much more simple.
‘God,’ I pray, ‘give me what is needed to change myself.’ “