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

July 14th, 2013 at 2:30 am

i thought it might be about not destroying plants. *<

carla abello malinao
September 4th, 2013 at 6:28 am

i love the story even i cant understand it a little bit :)

becky poynds
October 12th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

i have to share this too ….because it has changed my life

October 26th, 2013 at 8:04 am

nice but not that I expected

January 20th, 2014 at 10:11 am

Good story….

January 21st, 2014 at 3:21 pm

if you don’t stop things from proggressing

January 21st, 2014 at 3:23 pm

good stories don’t come easy they are told and good for people.

February 16th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Beautiful Story. Thanks Jay!

March 28th, 2014 at 8:49 am

it is a wonderful story every should read about it

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I was searching for really a good moral story. I have found it.

mahi yadav
June 28th, 2014 at 4:31 am

a wonderful story i really can t not found this much best stor forever

June 30th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

i am so desgost

June 30th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

i am so aonned

August 1st, 2014 at 8:08 am

it was a wonderful story,this site is very helpful

August 5th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

It was amazing story

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