A kindergarten teacher decided to let her class play a game. The
teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag
containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the
child hates, so the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her
plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.
So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the
name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3, while some
had up to 5 potatoes.
The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes
in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.
Day after day passed by, and the children started to complain due to
the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes they were carrying.
Those children having 5 potatoes really began to feel the weight of the heavier bags.
After 1 week, the children were relieved to hear that the teacher had finally ended the game.
The teacher asked: "How did you feel while carrying the potatoes
with you for 1 week?" The children let out their frustrations and started
complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy
and smelly potatoes wherever they go.
Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game. The
teacher said: "This is exactly the situation when you carry your
hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate
your heart and you will end up carrying an unnecessary burden with you wherever you go.
If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week,
can you imagine what a burden it would be to have the stench of hatred in your
heart for your lifetime???"
Moral of the story:
Get rid of any hatred you might have for others in your heart, so that you won't
have to carry around an unnecessary burden during your lifetime. Forgiving others is the best attitude to
take! Love others, even if you don't like them...
[ Author Unknown -- from Peggy, via 'Inspired Buffalo' (InspiredBuffalo@lighthouse.net) -- Ed:Anon. ]
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