The wise man and the boy

Value- Right conduct

Sub value- Develop right habits at young age

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A wealthy man requested a wise man to advise his son to eliminate his bad habits.  The wise man took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there.

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

“Now take this one out,” said the wise man, indicating a big tree. The boy 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.”

Through this practical example the wise man changed the boy’s bad habits


A young plant can be moulded but a tree will break when we attempt to. Right values should be inculcated at a young age and any wrong actions should be nipped at the bud. A stitch in time saves nine. The earlier one develops right values it will go deep down and have positive impact. Similarly when wrong or bad habits are cultivated; it is very difficult to eliminate if it is not addressed at the right time.


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