An old man went on a long ocean voyage.
After a while, the only food he had left was a crust of bread, so stale and hard that he couldn't eat it. The old man was hungry, but the bread was no good to him, so he threw it into the water.
A wave swept the bread away and said to it, "Who are you?"
"I'm just a hard, dry crust of bread that nobody even wants," the bread replied.
"Stay with us here and get soaked," said the wave. "Then we shall all be part of the ocean together."
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. 42 of the book. You can find out more about Abu Said at Wikipedia.