The problem and its cause

By Paulo Coelho

One of the monks of Sceta said to Abbot Mateus:
 
‘My tongue is always causing me problems. When I am amongst the faithful, I just can’t control myself and I end up condemning their wrong actions.’
 
The old abbot said to the distraught monk:
 
‘If you really don’t think you are capable of controlling yourself, then leave teaching and go back to the desert. But don’t delude yourself: choosing solitude as an escape from a problem is always a proof of weakness.’
 
‘What should I do then?’
 
‘Admit that you have some faults in order to avoid any pernicious feelings of superiority. And do your best to get things right when you can.’

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