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The Young Man And The Bad Habits

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A wealthy man requested an old scholar to wean his son away from his bad habits. The scholar took the boy for a stroll through a garden.

Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there.

The boy 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.

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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.

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Don’t wait for Bad Habits to grow in you,

drop them while you have control over them,

else they will get control you!.

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