Cleaning of Unwanted Weeds…….

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One day a teacher in a secondary school at Wisconsin in London asked her students to bring some fresh tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given the name of a person whom that child hated. So, the number of tomatoes would be equal to the number of persons they hated. On a pre-determined day, all the children brought their tomatoes and they well addressed each one with fancy felt-pens. Some had two, some had three and some had five, some even had 20 tomatoes in accordance with the number of people they hated.

The teacher then told them they had to carry the tomatoes with them everywhere they went for two weeks. As the days passed the children started to complain about the decay and smell of the tomatoes. The students who had many tomatoes complained it was very heavy to carry and the smell was too much. After a week, the teacher asked the students, ‘How did you feel this week?’ The children complained of the awful smell and heavy weight of the tomatoes, especially those who carried several tomatoes. They were feeling too unclean and no friend was ready to sit and chat with them. They were not understanding why the teacher had given them this ridiculous assignment.

The teacher then very nicely explained to them and said: ‘This is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you do not like some people. Hatred makes the heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred everywhere. If you cannot bear the smell of spoilt tomatoes for a week, imagine the impact of bitterness on your heart as you carry it daily. Our heart is a beautiful garden that needs regular cleaning of unwanted weeds. Forgive those who have angered you. Let go of things that are not important and make ample space in your room for storing good things. Get Better, Not Bitter. Make friends not enemies. Life is a full circle of happiness. Do everything with a Good Heart. Enjoy eating your tomatoes with everyone. Sharing is caring.

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87 thoughts on “Cleaning of Unwanted Weeds…….

  1. Your post contains important truths. Bitterness and unforgiveness not only hurts the person carrying them but also those nearby. So much better letting all the hatred and bitterness go. Love the illustration of tomatoes! At first I thought all the tomatoes would have the seeds planted and then there would be quite a crop of bitterness! Thank you, Kamal!

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      1. I was mad at someone for 23 years (wrote about it on a different WP blog) and when I finally let go….well, we are very good friends once more. Incredible!

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  2. It is so beautifully written ! You are right, we should share all the love and kindness and inspire the ones around us! Please, keep writing , I do need to read more stories like yours !

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  3. Amazing Kamal. Thank u so much.. it’s such a wonderful post.. every word u wrote is so true.. if we keep hatered in our heart it makes our own life bitter and sad.. it’s better to let go the hatered learn from the person, forgive and move on..

    I am so glad u are around..

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    1. Thanks so much Shilpa for these wonderful insignt and yes hatred makes all of us not wanting to learn from our mistakes and keep on blaming the other person. These stories are eye openers. I am not seeing you quite often on bloggers I hope all good with you Shilpa. Have a great day and god bless.

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  4. “The more cleaner the Heart the smaller the Door for hatred to enter.”

    Kamal there are few posts for you to read on these lines at my Door to enter.
    But the Door is wide open for YOU.
    You bring up interesting stories for adults too. Hahaha
    How are things with you.
    Shiva🎶

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