I want to share a story with you. It sounds like it’s about a monk. It isn’t.
It’s about you, and me, and anyone else on this planet who has to interact with other human beings. It’s especially about people who work jobs in which they help others. Nod your heads, you lovely nurses, bus drivers, policemen, social service people, and so many more. It’s an old story from another language, so I’m including multiple translations to give you the full range of the idea, and let you enjoy the nuances of how stories get sculpted across culture and time.
It is perhaps not inappropriate to quote Geico at this point:
"It's what ya do."
It's what I try to do, as a bus driver, and it makes my days a lot easier. If Eastern philosophy isn't your thing, that's okay. We can quote everyone's favorite multinational conglomerate for equal inspiration: Ya "just do it." Maybe that scorpion will love you, or maybe he'll try to get under your skin, or perhaps you'll bring out the non-stinger in him over time... but you're doing you, in the best way.
Doesn't that feel good?
This lil' grab bag of translations comes from all over the internet– here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I first heard the story in spoken form, and its historical origins are uncertain. But we have the story.