Lesson from a Terrapin

By Dr. Dwaraka Nath on 19-07-2017

There was a boy who found a terrapin, more commonly known as a turtle. He started to examine it but the turtle pulled in its head and closed its shell like a vice. The boy was upset and he picked up a stick to try to pry it open. The boy’s uncle saw him struggling and remarked,

“No Johnny, that’s not the way! In fact, you may kill the turtle but you’ll not get it to open up with a stick.” The uncle took the turtle in into the house and set it near the fireplace. It wasn’t but a few minutes until it began to get warm. Then the turtle pushed out its head, then stretched out its legs and began to crawl.

“Turtles are like that,” said the uncle,”and people, too. You can’t force them into anything.” Be they turtles or people, if you first warm them up with some real kindness, more than likely, they will do what you want them to do.” “A drop of honey attracts a thousand bees.” “A drop of vinegar repels all bees.”

About The Author

Dr. Dwaraka Nath

Dr. Dwaraka Nath, who took his doctorate from Mangalore University in 2007 is a qualified healer in Naturopathy and Yogic sciences. The insatiable fire within, to exploit the good old Indian preventive health care strategies to its full, ended up in Mitran Foundation, dedicated to humanity.