The Wise Old Man
bad habit

A wealthy man requested an old scholar to wean his son away from his bad habits.  The scholar took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there.

The youth held the plant between his thumb and forefinger and pulled it out. The old man then asked him to pull out a slightly bigger plant. The youth pulled hard and the plant came out, roots and all. “Now pull out that one,” said the old man pointing to a bush. The boy had to use all his strength to pull it out.

“Now take this one out,” said the old man, indicating a guava tree. The youth grasped the trunk and tried to pull it out. But it would not budge. “It’s impossible,” said the boy, panting with the effort.

“So it is with bad habits,” said the sage. “When they are young it is easy to pull them out but when they take hold they cannot be uprooted.”

The session with the old man changed the boy’s life.

Moral: Don’t wait for Bad Habits to grow in you, drop them while you have control over it else they will get control you.

Submitted By: Jay, United Kingdom

Imad
February 4th, 2016 at 11:04 am

Is it okey if i put it on youtube and credit ?

Doapsique
March 6th, 2016 at 5:16 pm

The explanation of the moral is a bit condescending

Hussein Almensoury
March 31st, 2016 at 10:57 am

Thank you for this moral

April 2nd, 2016 at 1:29 am

A story with a good moral lesson learn in life

Rowida mahmoud mohmoud
June 17th, 2016 at 6:50 am

That is amazing one

Mary.mp
June 27th, 2016 at 4:43 am

It is absolutely true

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