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Turkish folk hero Mulla Nasr Edin had reached old age
and was sitting in a tea house with friends looking back on his life:

“When I was a young man I was filled with the goal of

awakening everyone and I prayed to God to give me what was

needed to change the world.

One day in middle age I realized that my life was half over and

I had accomplished little. I had changed no one. So again I prayed to

God to give me what was needed to change only those near me, since it

was obvious that they needed to change.

Now that I have reached old age my prayer  is much more simple.

‘God,’ I pray, ‘give me what is needed to change myself.’ “

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