Focus on priorities

A boy went to the principal and said, "Madam, I won't be coming to school anymore."

The principal responded "But why?"

The boy said "Ah! I saw a teacher speaking bad of another teacher; You have a sir who can't read well; the staff is not good; Students look upon their fellow students and there are many other wrong things happening in the school."

The principal replied,"OK. But before you go, do me a favour. Take a glass of water and walk three times around the school without spilling a drop on the floor. Afterwards, leave the school if you desire."

The boy thought, now that's too easy!

And he walked three times around the school as the principal had asked. When he finished, he told the principal he was ready.

The principal asked, "When you were walking around the school, did you see a teacher speaking bad about another teacher?"

The student replied, "No."

"Did you see any student looking at other student is a wrong way?"


"You know why?"

"You were focused on the glass to make sure you didn't tilt it and spill any water. It's the same with our life. When our focus is on our priorities, we don't have time to see the mistakes of others."


"We should concentrate on our priorities and not on others mistakes."



Primary source: Unknown

Secondary source: Whatsapp

About Varsha 12 Articles
A post graduate from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, I am currently working as a teaching consultant. I am the person who believes in philosophy that the more you share the knowledge, the more you will learn and only quality education and knowledge can make someone a Complete Person -A good balanced human being.

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