A great example to follow... to meditate
A master of the Orient saw a scorpion drowned and decided to draw it from the water, and when he did, the scorpion stung him. From the effect of pain, the master dropped the animal which again fell in the water drowning. The master newly attempted to get it out and the animal stung him again. Someone who was observing approached the master and says:-.
Excuse me, but you are stubborn! Don't you understand that whenever you’ll attempt to pull it water out, it will sting you? The master replied:-the nature of the scorpion is to sting, and this will not change mine which is to help.
Then, using a leave, the master drew the water scorpion from the water and saved its life and continued:
Do not change your nature if someone hurts you; just take precautions. Some pursue happiness, others create it. When life presents you thousand of reasons to cry, show it that you have a thousand reasons to smile. Worry more about your consciousness than your reputation. Because your conscience is what you are, and your reputation is what others think of you... and what others think of you... is their problem.
As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself. – NDW