From: Christian Stories of Wisdom
A young monk who had just reached the desert decided to consult an elder.
“Father, I have been living here for one year and locusts have come six or seven times already. You know what a scourge they are. They infiltrate everything, enter the tents, slip between the blankets, make their way into clothing. They even hop into food. I’m at my wit’s end.”
The elder, who had been living in the desert for forty years, answered him:
“The first time a locust fell in my soup I threw away the lot. On the second occasion I threw out the locust and kept the soup. The third time I ate everything – soup and locust. Now when a locust attempts to get out of my soup, I put it back in.”