Nasruddin had fallen on hard times. He had sold his livestock and had only one sheep left, and he was on his way to sell that sheep at the market.
On the way, he met a friend who invited him to the coffeehouse. Nasruddin brought his sheep with him. He gave the sheep a seat at the table, then sat down next to the sheep.
"What are you doing?" asked Nasruddin's friend, astounded.
"When a sheep is the last thing you own in the world," Nasruddin replied, "you can't let that sheep out of your sight even for a minute."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #190 in the book.