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Making Haste Slowly
Making Haste Slowly
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Once there was a trader who bought a large number of coconuts at a village, and loading them on to his horse cart set off for home. Encountering a boy, a little later, he asked him how long it would take to reach the main road. The boy told him to go slow and he would reach in 10 minutes but if he will go fast then it might take him half an hour or more. The trader thought that the boy was surely a fool and drove away at great speed.

Fifty meters down the road, one of the wheels struck a stone. The jolt sent the coconuts flying in all directions. It took the man a long time to gather all the coconuts and put them back in the cart. Afterwards, he climbed back wearily into the driver's seat, and with the boy's words ringing in his ears, drove slowly and cautiously the rest of the way.

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