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  Sunday, 18 September 2016
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I have had an 11-year old child in my care over the past few days and he occasionally smokes tobacco and marijuana with his friends. Tobacco-smoking is a habit that I have not managed to break. He found a pipe recently and we had a few pipes of tobacco last night.

It is bad karma to permit a child to do this, is it not? I recognise that I need to give up the habit of smoking and he has in fact been charging me $5 for each cigarette that I smoke, which makes it a rather expensive habit! He has wanted me to give up and I felt that I'd had my last cigarette just yesterday (when the pouch of tobacco ran out) but after he found the pipe he wanted to use it for a bit, so we went out and bought another pouch.

I would like to set the best possible example for the young fellow. Any ideas on what I should do? How to discourage him from following my very poor example of tobacco-smoking? Or at least get it into his head that he should be 18 or over before he does this himself?

Peace,
Siloam.
5 years ago
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#12602
Accepted Answer
When Nasrudin was a magistrate, a woman came to him with her son. "This youth," she said, "eats too much sugar; I cannot afford to
keep him in it. Therefore I ask you formally to forbid him to eat it, as he will not obey me."

Nasrudin told her to come back in seven days.

When she returned, he postponed his decision for yet another week.

"Now," he said to the youth, "I forbid you eat more than such and such a quantity of sugar every day."

The woman subsequently asked him why so time had been necesary before a simple order could be given.

"Because, madam, I had to see whether I myself could cut down on the use of sugar, before ordering anyone else to do it."


Others learn from our actions more than from our words.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

5 years ago
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#12602
Accepted Answer
When Nasrudin was a magistrate, a woman came to him with her son. "This youth," she said, "eats too much sugar; I cannot afford to
keep him in it. Therefore I ask you formally to forbid him to eat it, as he will not obey me."

Nasrudin told her to come back in seven days.

When she returned, he postponed his decision for yet another week.

"Now," he said to the youth, "I forbid you eat more than such and such a quantity of sugar every day."

The woman subsequently asked him why so time had been necesary before a simple order could be given.

"Because, madam, I had to see whether I myself could cut down on the use of sugar, before ordering anyone else to do it."


Others learn from our actions more than from our words.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

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