Wednesday, 5 November 2008


A young man joined a monastery and took a vow of silence. Every day he worked hard in the fields and never said a word.
After ten years, the Abbot summoned him. "Brother, it is ten years since your vow of silence. On this special day, you may speak. Do you have anything to say?"
He said, "The food is terrible!"
Ten years later, he was again summoned to the Abbot's office. "Brother, it is now twenty years since you joined us. Again, on this special day you may speak."
The monk said, "The bed is too hard", and walked out.
Ten years later he was again called to see the Abbot. "It has been thirty years since you took your vow of silence, brother. Is there anything you would like to say?"
Said the monk, "I'm resigning."
The Abbot replied, "Yes, I'm not surprised. You haven't done anything but complain since you got here!"

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