162. The Man and his Neighbor
A man came knocking on his neighbor's door in the middle of the night.
"Help me, neighbor!" he shouted.
"What is it?" said his neighbor sleepily as he opened the door. "What's wrong?"
"I wanted to smoke my pipe," said the man, "so I came here to ask you for a light."
"You aren't even paying attention!" groaned the neighbor. "You have woken me up to give you a light, but you have a lighted lantern right there in your hand."
The moral: The solution to a problem might be in your own hands, but you fail to see it.
Inspired by: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 199 in the book. You can find out more about Ramakrishna at Wikipedia.