This is a gem of a story I read in a collection from Paulo Coelho. It is a wonderful reminder that life is a complete balance and we have as much responsibility to be the perfect partner as the person we’re with or we meet.

Soupir effleure by David Graux
Nasrudin was talking to a friend, who asked him:
‘Have you never considered getting married, Mullah?’


‘I have,’ replied Nasrudin. ‘In my youth, I resolved to find the perfect woman. I crossed the desert and reached Damascus, and I met a lovely, very spiritual woman, but she knew nothing of the world. I continued my journey and went to Isfahan; there I met a woman who knew both the spiritual and the material world, but she was not pretty. Then I decided to go to Cairo, where I dined in the house of a beautiful woman, who was both religious and a connoisseur of material reality.’
‘Why didn’t you marry her, then?’
‘Alas, my friend, she was looking for the perfect man.’


3 thoughts on “The Perfect Woman?”

  1. he sure travelled a long way………..perfection is a personal thing and personally isn’t it a tad on the dull side, destiny has a way of sorting it all out for you anyway, so no point in fighting against it or setting down too many rules. you’ll get what you get, when you get it! lol………..bit of a nightmare bloody waiting though. lol

  2. Hey Tom, thanks for your message and what does the masculine man in me offer to the world?
    Unbridled, unexpected, unconditional love.

    I have recently been gifted ‘negative’ emotions to a level I’d not previously experienced, and after enduring those emotions, I dissolved them in to love and now have an even higher sense of acceptance of myself and the other person than ever before … that is an illustration of what I bring to the world.

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