An ant was carrying a grain of wheat. He was struggling; it was a heavy load for an ant.
The wasp looked at the ant and laughed. "Why so much work? Watch me! I take what I want."
The wasp whizzed over to where a butcher had hung a freshly killed lamb on a hook.
Just as the wasp was about to land, the butcher swung his knife, cutting the wasp in two.
The ant put down his grain of wheat and grabbed half of the wasp's body to carry to his home. "This will be even tastier!" he thought.
Inspired by: Under the Sufi's Cloak: Stories of Abu Said and His Mystical Teaching by Mohammad Ali Jamnia and Mojdeh Bayat
Notes: This story is on p. 47 of the book. It has this verse at the end: The one who follows what his ego desires; / unto him is done what he desires not.