A saint standing in the river once saw a scorpion floating by. He thought to save its life and picked it up from the water, but it stung him with its tail, causing immense pain, which he could not bear, so the scorpion fell back in the water as his hand recoiled.
Again, the saint picked it up, and the same story repeated itself. Someone asked the saint why he kept doing this, when creature was causing him so much pain.
The saint said, “It is following its nature. When such a creature does not leave its nature, why should I leave mine?”
Discomfort should not cause one to leave one’s essential nature.
Source – Book titled – Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart By Ram Dass