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WHEN PATIENCE AND SOME THINKING WAS NEEDED

26 May WHEN PATIENCE AND SOME THINKING WAS NEEDED

One day, Rachel was involved in a conversation with Jsayvian a little boy aged around 10 years old. They were talking about teachers and the role that they play in shaping the life of a student. Rachel shared that it is important to express our love and gratitude to teachers, in return for all they do for us. But Jsayvian was not convinced. He told Rachel that they were paid to do their jobs, so it did not matter. Shortly after I overheard their animated conversation I told Jsayvian that the teachers worked hard and were responsible for educating many kids like him. He looked at me as if to say “so what’s the big deal? They are still paid for what they do.” I realized I had not convinced him at all.

So I started to think about how I actually could convince Jsayvian that we need to appreciate people for their efforts irrespective of whether their service is voluntary or not. I told him that his mother works really hard to make sure that he goes to school every day. He said that was true. And so I told him that his mother sends him to this particular school he attends because she believes that it has good teachers and therefore his education would be of the highest quality. He said yes, that was quite true. So I suggested to him that maybe he is doing so well at school because of the teachers who make sure they put in that extra effort so that students like him do well in their academics. Now he started to think.

I concluded by saying that I believe it would be unfair to him and his mother if he did not get the education he deserved. I told him that money plays an important role in our day to day lives but it wasn’t something that should control our lives. I further told him that the world is a better place because we have good people who choose to work hard like his teachers so that students like him grow up to become engineers, doctors, social workers, lawyers or even teachers, thereby making it a better and crime free world. Jsayvian looked at me and said, “Abraham I now understand. I did not think about it like that.” He said that his teachers deserve all the credit for what they do.

I thought this was an amazing example that children will listen and can understand, provided they are told in a manner that is personal, practical and easy for them to process and understand.

ABRAHAM REGUNTA