A father wanted to inculcate a sense of responsibility in his careless son. So he told his son to hammer a nail into a wooden pillar in their house for his every careless act and to pull out a nail for his every positive act. The boy did as his father instructed. After some period of time the boy noticed that the pillar was getting crowded with nails. The boy resolved to change his behaviour and began to do more positive acts. The nails started to coming out, till there were none left.
He father was very proud of his son’s change in behaviour. He said, “Son you have done a great job. There are no more nails left on the pillar”.
But the boy saw the holes on the pillar and started crying. He said, “Father, the nails are gone but the holes remain”.
Actions always produce results. If we do not want certain results to happen, we must avoid doing the actions that produce such results. There is no other way.
It is true that we learn by mistakes. We may be wiser after committing the mistakes. But the lessons we learn may turn out to be very costly. Sometimes the damage done may be irreversible. So the wisest man learns a lot from others’ mistakes and avoids careless and thoughtless actions that cause misery to him or others.