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A Traveller’s Tale

A Traveller’s Tale

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Naked Leader Week 1044 – 9 October 2023

A monk lived a quiet, reclusive life in the hills, just off a little used track that connected two distant villages, one in the north, the other south. Occasionally travellers would pass, and he would always invite them in to share some time, food and conversation.

One day, a tired looking man called in on his way from the north. He was exhausted, unfriendly and made short, sharp efforts at exchange:

“Tell me, monk, what are the people like in the village to which I travel?”

The monk replied;

“Before I answer, tell me, how did you find the people in the village from which you’ve come?”

The traveller said, “It was a horrible, unfriendly place. The people made no effort, and I hated my time there.” To which the monk replied, “In which case, I must tell you that you will find the people in the south, much the same.”

Two days later another traveller arrived, much fleeter of foot, and of a far happier disposition. He asked the monk about the people in the village ahead, and the monk asked the same question about those he had met in the north.

The traveller said “The village I have come from was a wonderful place, a real community. People made me feel so welcome, they shared their stories, their food and their hospitality. They became some of my closest friends, and I was sad to leave”

To which his host replied “In which case, I must tell you that you will find the people in the south, much the same.”

With my love and best wishes to you all

David

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