A good one

“As surely as there is a voyage away, there is a journey home.”
― Jack Kornfield

Working with hindrances

G.I. Gurdjieff had in his community an old man who was difficult for everyone to live with.
He was obnoxious and noisy and smelly and a troublemaker and argumentative. Finally, after many months of arguing with the other community members, he got discouraged and quiet and left to live alone in Paris.

Gurdjieff, when he heard about this, went directly to Paris, found him and convinced him to come back, but only by offering him a great deal of money, a big monthly stipend. Whereas everyone else paid for their practice, this man was getting paid to return. When they saw him return and found out he was actually being paid for it, the community was quite upset. They said:

“What are you doing?” Gurdjieff explained: “This man is like yeast for bread. Without him here you would not understand the meaning of patience, the meaning of loving kindness or compassion. You would not learn how to deal with your own anger an irritation. So I bring him here and you pay me to teach and I pay him to help.”

Told by Jack Kornfield