Saad, the disciple of Abu Naiem -the Sufi Master- was always using his mind. Whenever the subject of living without the ego is raised, Saad would ask "How am I going to live without my ego?" Abu Naiem would answer "God will catch you, do not worry about that, and just drop your ego."
Years passed, and then Abu Naeim sends Saad to a village at the top of a mountain to deliver a very important letter. To reach that village Saad, had to climb and travelled through a narrow strip of land on the side of the mountain. It was getting dark and the wind was blowing hard. Saad, said to himself, "I am almost there a few more minutes and I will reach that village, so push on." Saad pushed on; then it got pretty dark and he could not see how to proceed. Saad, lit a torch and continued his climb. All of a sudden, it rained, the torch went off and the road became very slippery and Saad slipped and rolled to the side of the road and fell from the narrow strip to the side of the mountain. Saad stretched his arms and caught a few dry branches, while his body was dangling down. He looked down, it was bitch dark. Saad said to himself, "I will soon loose my strength and fall down from the mountain and surely die." Saad, kept on hanging and trying to lift himself up, but it was raining and slippery. Finally, Saad said to himself "All is finished; I am going to fall and die". Then Saad remembered, what Abu Naiem used to answer him "God will catch you do not worry." His arms grew numb and he let go. In a second he found his feet on the ground standing up, safe and sound. Saad was only two feet away from a small ledge on the side of the mountain. He remained there till the morning until people passing down from the village saw him and helped Saad up.
When Saad reached the village he was a transformed man, he understood what Abu Naiem told him. Saad never depended on his ego again.