Juha was a wise old man who lived long ago. Once he saw a friend looking very upset and asked him the reason.
“O good Juha,” said the friend, you know my house. My wife and I, our six children, and my mother-in-law are all crowded into it–it’s so cramped!”
“You keep chickens, don’t you?” asked Juha.
“Yes, ten of them,”said the friend.
“Well,” said Juha. “There’s your answer! Just move them into the house!”
Puzzled as he was, the friend did as he was told. But the next day, Juha saw his friend was even more upset.
“What!” he said, “It didn’t work? Well, move your five goats into the house as well.”
The friend was more puzzled than ever. He followed Juha’s advice–but the house didn’t get any bigger. The next day, he sought Juha out and said, “Good Juha, wise Juha! My little home is worse than ever before. What do I do?”
“Hmm!” said Juha. “There is only one thing to do. Move your two camels into the house.”
Again, the friend did what Juha suggested. This made the problem far worse. None of his family were able to sleep that night with the animals all jostling for space.
Early the next morning, he went searching for Juha, and told him his troubles.
“Well,” said Juha. “There’s only one thing for it then,” said Juha. “Move all the animals back out.”
The friend hurried back home and did just that. That night was the first peaceful night they had known in a long time. The next day, the house seemed large and spacious.
The friend’s happiness knew no bounds. He went looking for Juha, and beaming with joy, said, “You are truly wise, Juha! My house is so large now, that everyone is happy.”
And wherever he went, he spoke about the wisdom of Juha.