A teacher asked her students to bring sometomatoes in a

plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be

given a name of

the person whom that student hated.

This way, the number of tomatoes would be

equal to the

number of persons each student hated.

On the decided day, the children brought their


well addressed. Some had two, some had three

and some

had five, some even had 20 tomatoes in

accordance with the

number of pple each student hated.

The teacher told them they were to carry the

tomatoes with

them everywhere they went for the next 2


As the days passed, the students started to

complain about

the spoiled and smelly tomatoes. Students who

had many

tomatoes complained it was very heavy to carry

and the

smell was too much.

After 1 week, the teacher asked the students

“How did you

feel this week?”

The Children complained of the smell & heavy

weight of the

tomatoes especially those who carried more


The teacher said, “This is very similar to what

you carry in

your heart when you don’t like some people.

Hatred makes

the heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred


If you can’t bear the smell of spoiled tomatoes

for a week,

imagine the impact on your heart that you carry


your life !.”

The Heart is a beautiful garden that needs

regular cleaning

of unwanted weeds.

Forgive those who have angered you.

This makes room for storing good things..

Get better, not bitter. Please forgive me if I have offended you and stop carrying my tomatoes about, lol.

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