One day Nasruddin almost fell into a deep puddle; a friend grabbed his arm just in time.
Later, whenever this friend ran into Nasruddin, he would remind Nasruddin about it.
"Do you remember how I rescued you?"
"You had a close call with that puddle!"
"How lucky that I was there when you almost fell in the puddle!"
Finally Nasruddin couldn't take it anymore; he jumped into the deepest puddle he could find.
"See! I'm just as wet now as I would have been if I had never even met you!" Nasruddin shouted. "Can you leave me alone now, please?"
Inspired by: The Sufis by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is in the chapter about Nasruddin.