Towards the middle of the term a primary three class teacher decided to let her class play a game. The teacher told each member of the class to bring along a sack containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be labelled with the name of a person that the child hates, so the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her sack bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates. If a child hates six people, there would be six potatoes in the sack with each potato carrying a label with the name of each person the child hates.
Each child got ready and almost the next day all the children got their sack and potatoes set for the game. So when the day to start the game came, every child brought the potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes and even more. The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the sack wherever they go (even to the bathroom or toilet) for one week.
As days passed by, the children started complaining terribly due to the bad smell let out by the rotten potatoes. And besides that, those having more potatoes also had to carry heavier bags with higher concentration of bad smell. After one week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended.
The teacher asked: “I hope you all enjoyed the game. How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for one week?” The children immediately let out their frustrations and started complaining bitterly of the trouble that they went through carrying the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they went. Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game they played.
He said: “This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go. If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just one week, especially those of you who had plenty of potatoes to carry, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime?”
Moral of the story: Hatred is one of the human vices. Throw away any form of hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry sins for a lifetime. Forgiving others is the best attitude to take. “Learn to Forgive and Forget.” If you don’t, you bear most of the pain, not the person you hate.