A fisherman was taking someone with his boat. The passenger rushed him all the time:
`Go faster, I`ll be late at work!`
At a certain moment he saw that on an oar it was written `pray` and on the other one `toil`.
`Why did you write this?` he asked.
`To remember – answered the fisherman. IN order not to forget that I have to toil and pray.`
`Well, to work, of course, everyone has to work, but to pray – and here the man made a gesture with his hand as a sign of disgust – it is not necessary. Nobody needs this. Why wasting time praying?
`You are saying that nobody needs it?` asked the fisherman and took out of the water the oar on which it was written `pray` starting to paddle on with only one oar. The boat began to spin around on the spot. `You see how it is the toil without prayer: we spin around and we don`t advance at all.`
Excerpt from Why I am not an angel. Stories to spend time usefully –Sophia Publishing.