Mulla Nasrudin

A matter of time, not place

   A man called, wanting to borrow a rope.
   ‘You cannot have it,’ said Nasrudin.
   ‘Why not?’
   ‘Because it is in use.’
   ‘But I can see it just lying there, on the ground.’
   ‘That’s right: that’s its use.’
   ‘How long will it stay in use like that, Mulla?’
   ‘Until such time as I feel that I want to lend it,’ said Nasrudin.