“The turtle was crossing a swamp, covered in mud, when it passed a temple. There it saw the shell of another turtle – all adorned with gold and precious stones.
“I don’t envy you, ancient friend,” thought the turtle. “You’re covered in jewels, but I’m doing what I want.”
Original story found at: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2011/02/19/the-place-we-desire/.
Sometimes another says it best. Freedom is the essence of peace.
"The end of a path" by jimmedia
According to Islam: A wise man became a object of irony for the inhabitants of the city. One day he was walking down the main street with some of his disciples when a group of men and women began to insult him. The wise man went up to them and blessed them.
When they left, one of the disciples remarked: “They say terrible things, and you answer them with nice words.”
And the wise man replied: “Each one of us can only offer what he has.”
Excerpt from Paulo Coelho’s blog post: Wisdom