An old man took several boys backpacking through the woods. One boy was very weak and had breathing problems. He could not keep up with the others. The other boys taunted him and complained about how slow he was.
The group came to an old bridge that crossed a stream. The bridge was rotten and not safe to walk across. The old man asked the boys, “what is wrong here?” One of the boys answered, “the bridge is rotten and we can’t get across.” The old man said, “right, what are we going to do?” Another boy answered, “I don’t know, go back?”
The old man said, “It is easy to point out what is wrong but it takes wisdom to find a solution.” He led them off the path and walked another twenty feet. There he showed the boys a natural crossing on rocks in the stream. After they crossed, he said “You have all had an easy time picking on Steve because he is slow. Steve already knows he is slow. He doesn’t need to be reminded. Do any of you have the wisdom to help him?”
One boy went over to Steve and apologized. He picked up Steve’s backpack, took everything out and split the contents up in the other boy’s backpacks to lighten Steve’s load. Steve thanked him and they started off. Because of the lighter load, he was now able to keep up better.