Nasruddin was crossing a lake on a ferry loaded with passengers.
Unexpectedly, a storm arose, and the ferry tossed violently in the rising waves. The passengers started screaming, and many of them prayed loudly. "Save us, God!" they shouted.
Nasruddin, meanwhile, stayed completely calm.
The storm eventually died down, and the ferry reached the shore safely.
"How could you stay so calm?" someone asked Nasruddin. "There was nothing but some planks of wood between us and a watery death."
"There is often less than that between you and death in your everyday life," replied Nasruddin. "You just don't see it."
Inspired by: Sacred Laughter of the Sufis by Imam Jamal Rahman
Notes: This story is on p. 14 of the book.