A lion entered a farmyard. As soon as he did, the farmer, who wanted to catch him, shut the gate. When the lion saw that he could not escape, he attacked the farmer’s sheep and the oxen. Soon he had killed all the sheep and oxen and now the farmer feared for his own life. He opened the gate and let the lion escape.
The farmer was full of grief at the death of his sheep and oxen that had served him for many years. His wife had seen all that had happened. She was shocked to see her husband’s stupidity and shouted at him and said, “How could you even think of shutting the lion inside when you start trembling at its mere roar?”
The farmer realized that sometimes it is harmful to be over courageous.