The Easier Way, the Tougher Way

Once there was a lark singing in the forest. A man came by with a box full of worms. The lark stopped him and asked, ‘What do you have in the box and where are you going?” The farmer replied that the box contained worms and that he was going to the market to trade them for some feathers. The lark said, ‘I have many feathers. I will pluck one and give it to you in exchange for worms. That will save me looking for food.’ The farmer gave the worms to the lark and the lark plucked a feather and gave it in return. The next day the same thing happened, and the day after, and on and on until a day came when the lark had no more feathers. Now the lark couldn’t fly and hunt for worms. It looked ugly and didn’t have even the strength to sing. A fox came by and devoured the lark.

Temptation is a fact of life. It is everywhere. Nobody is really strong in the face of temptation. We know the first humans failed the test. Like the monkey and flies we are lured by the scent of the sweet. It whispers to us, “It’s ok, don’t worry!” “Try it just once. It’s not that bad anyway.” “Come on, everybody is doing it.” “Nobody will now.”  Temptation is tasty because it is always sugar-coated with a promise of pleasure. But we must be careful and vigilant to check where it is leading us, lest we suffer what happened to the bird in the story.

Quote: “Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”William Butler Yeats


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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