Gaurav was a fourth grade student. He was a good boy, always
smiling and did well in his studies. However, he had one bad
habit. He would never wake up early in the morning. Due to this,
he was always on his toes in the morning. Bathing, getting
dressed, eating breakfast was all done at a maddening pace. His
parents always advised him to be more disciplined, but, it all
fell on deaf ears.
One day, as usual Gaurav was getting ready for school. He ran out
of his room. His father saw him and asked him to slow down and
eat his breakfast. Gaurav replied that he had no time. He picked
up a sandwich and rushed out. His father just smiled.
Gaurav managed to reach school just in time. He was surprised to
find the school deserted. He wandered in and found the principal.
The principal seeing him asked," How come you are here at school?
Didn't you know it's a strike? Anyway, it is good that you are
here, now you can help me with my work." Gaurav's heart sank. He
had no idea what to do. The only solution was to finish the
principal's work fast and go home. Alas, he was wrong. The
principal first made him to write down the names of all the
students in the fifth grade in the register book. Then he made
him go to each classroom to keep dusters and chalk. All of this
took up almost half the day. Gaurav was famished. After finishing
all the tasks the principal gave him permission to leave. Gaurav
decided to eat his lunch. He realized, in his hurry he had
forgotten to carry lunch box. He started his journey back home.
He was waiting for the bus when a passerby reminded him that the
transport services were stalled due to the strike. He had to walk
for 5 kms.
Ultimately Gaurav reached home tired and hungry. He saw his dad
and asked him if he too went to the office and returned home. His
father replied," No, I knew there was a strike. It was in the
papers." Gaurav could not believe it. He asked his father. "You
knew it was a strike and you still did not stop me from going to
school?" His father replied," How could I tell you, you were in
such a hurry." Gaurav realized his mistake. He apologized to his
parents and swore to be more disciplined in future, because
"Discipline is the secret to a fruitful life."
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