Two monks were traveling to a holy shrine. When they came to a river, they found a young woman who wanted to cross the river but she was not strong enough to resist the tide. The younger of the two monks offered to carry the young woman across on his shoulders. When they got to the other side, he put the young woman down and the monks continued on their way.

For the next hour the elder monk scolded the younger monk for carrying the young woman on his back across the river. Finally, the young monk said to the older monk: “I put the woman down an hour ago; you are still carrying her.”

Our words often reveal our hearts.