Traditional story: Care your words

This is a traditional story that was narrated to me when I was young.


In the border of the forest, lived a family. Winter was about to come and they had to cut wood to keep the house warm while surounded by the mortal cold of winter. They went to the forest for wood. But the woman lost her way back home. As the winter days are short, night came quickly. She asked help from the forest animals but none wanted to help her except the lion. He carried her to home with the wood she cut.

Questioned by her husband, the woman answered: "I lost my way to home. It was dark and none wanted to help me except the lion whose mouth smells bad."

The lion heard her words. He was deeply hurt, but decided not to say a word. He waited beside the house until the woman went out for some work.

"Oh! Lion!? Didn't you go?" said the woman.

"Take this pick and plant it in my head" replied the lion

"How!? I have to thank you and you ask me to do this instead"

"If you want to thank me, this is the only way to say thanks" Answerd the lion

The woman did as asked her the lion and didn't see him after that day around the house.

Time passed and winter came again. As usual, the family had to go to the forest for wood. There, the lion appeared.

"How are you lion?" Asked the woman

He replied: "The wound that your pick did, healed. But my heart is still injured because of the words you said"

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A bullet may miss a person's heart, but words will never miss it. Care your words because cemeteries contain a lot of words victims...

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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

Very nice story with a very good moral...Nowadays people very easily forget the kindness others show to them and never bother to even remember them....


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forall 4 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by Vidya. You're right. I don't know where is the world going with the lack of these values. Let's hope for the best :)


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Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

yes, let's inculcate values at least in our children...

Waiting to read more such hubs 4m you... Have a gudday..


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Lovely story and one that children should learn early so they do not carry it in to there adulthood:)

Peace in your stages


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forall 4 years ago Author

@Vidya: I hope our children wont be like us. Thanks a lot for your comments. Have a good day too :)


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forall 4 years ago Author

@ The Stages Of ME: A lot of people learned nice values in childhood without applying them in adulthood. Maybe because they could never see the image of what they have been taught in society. I hope we will be able, all together, to reflect the image of what we learned for that our children learn better.

Thanks for taking time to read and comment :)


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Agreed Kindness is so simple and costs nothing and yet so many withhold it. Saddens me that the innocence of a child is taken so quickly in this world and the values seem to flutter away as well. I encourage all of us adults to set examples of these simple values so they can see them daily as they grow:)


anonymous 4 years ago

Joining my voice to yours, hoping for a better world for us and for the future generations.


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forall 4 years ago Author

Joining my voice to yours, hoping for a better world for us and for the future generations.

(I don't know how it appeared as anonymous, it was me)


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

What unique expression of truth.


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forall 4 years ago Author

Thank you Frogyfish ^_^

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