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

hadi jreiche
September 16th, 2014 at 11:14 am

really, it is moral story

Maleque
October 24th, 2014 at 1:39 am

The story teaches us that bad habits to be given up as early as possible else it will defeat you.

November 1st, 2014 at 4:09 am

Bad habits are always harmful. So we must try to avoid them as much as possible. We should try to think of good things always and be pure in respect of mind and body.

ciya sharma
December 29th, 2014 at 3:10 am

good story with good moral

vaibhav
January 5th, 2015 at 6:21 am

hate it. u should but on some long stories…so we can write hem in our projects

vaibhav
January 5th, 2015 at 6:21 am

loved it

highlife
February 19th, 2015 at 9:18 pm

like it

Mwanzaala Mohammed Mohaideem
May 2nd, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Oh. Is good

gem
May 16th, 2015 at 8:13 am

that was a great experiment and a life long lesson. Bravo to the old man

maba
May 28th, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Right! So nice story ..
Having a moral lesson..thanks to the author..

emily
June 1st, 2015 at 12:45 am

Goooooooooood story Looooooove it braaaaavo

SHOAIB
July 7th, 2015 at 10:32 am

It’s really a good story to explain th moral
Thanks to the publisher for publishing sick a good moral!
By the way my teacher gave me a project work to collect a story on old men which has got a really good Moral.
Thanks to my teacher as well

rajehasal
July 19th, 2015 at 6:11 pm

Wisdom story

Manoj
July 28th, 2015 at 1:53 am

What amazing story

david kh paulus
July 29th, 2015 at 5:02 am

moral education ,very vital.

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