BY SOFO ARCHON
Most people love giving advice, and jump into any opportunity to tell to others what to do and what not to, what is good and bad, what is moral and immoral. When they find themselves in times of trouble, however, they feel helpless and frustrated, unable to apply the very same advice they would give to others facing a similar situation.
Such people not only can’t help themselves deal with the difficulties they encounter in their lives, but also they cannot help others when in need, since their advice doesn’t sprout from their own understanding.
Below is a beautiful story of a wise old man who is offering an inspiring lesson on the importance of teaching by example:
An old woman visited a wise man and asked him to speak to her son, as he was spending all the money he was earning on dates, while she was really poor and did not get anything from him. The wise man promised the woman he would speak to her son, but only after waiting for seven weeks.
When the seven weeks had passed, the boy was brought to the wise man, who gave the boy a warm welcome and said: “You are a strong, young man with good sense and understanding. Think about what your mother has done for you and the sacrifices she has made for you. She has invested all her earnings in your upbringing and education. Now she is old and you have a job and can support her. But instead you waste all your money on dates. Is that fair, is that right? In the name of the conscience that is burning in your heart, I ask you to get out of this bad habit.”
The boy listened carefully and took the wise man’s words to heart and changed his ways.
But the wise man’s pupils were puzzled and asked him why he had waited seven weeks to have the conversation with the boy.
The wise man replied: “I also love dates and I felt that I did not have the right and the power to call him to account for his habit if I could not give up eating dates myself for at least seven weeks. It is impossible to help anyone else to give up a weakness, when you give in to this weakness yourself.”
Before you help others out of a ditch, be sure you’re not trapped in one yourself.
Story credit: uknown
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