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It pays to be nice: Deepa’s saga

A girl by name Deepa went to school in the neighbouring village where she wasn’t known well.

For three weeks, she came to school late and every time the teacher punished her.

In the fourth week, Deepa didn’t attend school at all and many thought she had *GIVEN UP* on school due to the everyday punishment.

However, Deepa reported again in fifth week and this time she came earlier than everybody.

When the teacher came to class, Deepa was punished for not attending school the previous week but the teacher was also kind enough to commend her for coming early that day, stating that the punishments had finally yielded some results.

Just then, Deepa asked if she could say something and the teacher gave her permission.

*She started :*

” _*I’ve been raised up by a single mother without a brother or a sister. Five weeks ago, my mother fell ill and was hospitalized. The three weeks I came late, I had to prepare something for her every morning and pass by the hospital to deliver the same. Unfortunately, my mother passed away last week and that’s the reason I didn’t come to school. We buried her last Friday. Today I came early since I didn’t have to prepare anything or even pass by the hospital. And now that she is gone, I will always be here early*_”

As she sat down, no one in the whole class was able to hold their tears, the teacher was not spared either.

*Lesson:*

How many times do *we judge others* for things we know not ?

We ask questions like :

– *Why are you not getting married*?
– _*Why are you not having kids*_ ?
– *When will you find a job* ?
– _*When will you buy a car*_?
– *When will you build a house*?
etc….

*Do we attempt to understand their situations* or do we just judge from the *case scenarios* ?

Some *situations are not relative* and what we think could be very far from the truth.

*Don’t assume* you know what others go through or that people move in the same pace or direction as you.

_*Life is far from that..*_

*Just be kind enough* to _*love one another as God has commanded*_, take time and kindly *find out* why your friend is not phoning, why your messages are not being replied promptly, *why someone is missing* in our midst as a colleague, friend, brother or sister even why someone is always late.

*Be kind*, always…… _*Be nice to others*_.

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