From “The Hidden Gift“, Jerries Awad
A kindergarten teacher came up with the following game for the children in the group: everyone had to bring a bag of several potatoes, each potato bearing the name of a person the child hated. Therefore, the more people the child hated, the more potatoes he would bring. Some children came with two potatoes, others with three, and some with five.
The teacher told them to carry the bag with them everywhere they went, even to the toilet, for a week. Days passed and the children began to complain about the unpleasant smell of the rotten potatoes. Those with five potatoes each carried heavier bags on top of that.
After a week, the children rested because the game was finally over. Then the teacher asked them how they felt during that one week. The children began to complain about how difficult it was to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes with them everywhere.
Finally, the teacher explained to them the meaning of this game: “The same thing happens when you harbor hatred for someone in your heart. The stench of hatred will poison your heart and you will carry it everywhere with you. If you find it difficult to bear the smell of rotten potatoes for a week, imagine what it’s like to carry the poison of hatred in your hearts for the rest of your life?”
Potato love. To forgive is the best recipe for a good life.
What do you think?