Period 22 – Forgiveness
When someone has done something to hurt you, what do you feel like doing in return? Do you feel like hurting the person? Think! If you do that then what is the difference between you and the person who hurt you? You would not want to be like that person, would you? You want to be a better person than the one who hurt you. Then what must you do/ You must forgive. To forgive means not to remain angry after someone has hurt you by saying rude things about you, or doing rude things to you.
Knowingly or unknowingly, we hurt so many people, or may be doing harm to birds and animals. We must ask forgiveness of God for these mistakes and promise not to do them again
Kara charana Kritam vaak, Kayajam karmajam va
Shravana nayanacham va, manasam va aparadam
Vihitamavihitam vam sarvametat kshamasva
Jaya jaya karunabdhe, Sri mahadeva Sambho.
A little boy went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number.The store-owner observed and listened to the conversation:
Boy : “Lady, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn? Woman : (at the other end of the phone line) “I already have someone to cut my lawn.” Boy : “Lady, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your lawn now.” Woman : I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn. Boy : (with more perseverance) “Lady, I’ll even sweep the floor and the stairs of your house for free. Woman : No, thank you.
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver. The store-owner, who was listening to all this, walked over to the boy.
Store Owner : “Son… I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.” Boy : “No thanks, Store Owner : But you were really pleading for one. Boy : No Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!”
At the end of the day when we start looking within ourselves and think how we spent the day. is the time when we test ourselves. Let us find the answers for the questions below :
- Did I help anyone during the day?
- Did I speak sweetly and softly with everyone?
- Did I not waste food?
- Did I share my things with friends / brothers/ sisters ?
- Did I save water?
- Have I spent my day as: “See Good, Be Good, Do Good”?
It is the time to thank God after the introspection for giving us a beautiful and happy day. Let us ask God for forgiveness if we have hurt anyone and for any wrong things done in the day. Let us promise God that we will not repeat the mistakes again.
- Take two cardboard boxes. Decorate one and call it the treasure box(Devghar) Call the other one as the waste paper box(Kachda box) Prepare small cards of good qualities and bad qualities.Distribute the cards to children and they must decide and put the card they have received in one of the two boxes. Analyse why they have put in that box.