Don’t Harbour Hatred and Bitterness – Life Lesson From The Tomatoes


A teacher asked each of her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given the name of a person whom that child hates. The number of tomatoes carried by each child should be equal to the number of people they hate.

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On a selected day, all the children brought their tomatoes well addressed. Some had two tomatoes, some carried three, some had five, and some even carried 20 tomatoes; all representing the number of people they hated in life.

The teacher then told her children to carry the tomatoes with them everywhere they go for two weeks.

As the days passed by, the children started to complain about the decay and smell of the tomatoes! The students who carried many tomatoes complained that their plastics bags were too heavy, and the smell was too much than that of their colleagues who had few tomatoes.

After a week, the teacher asked her students: “How did you feel this whole week?” The children complained of the awful smell and heavy weight of the tomatoes, especially those who carried several in their plastic bags.

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 to be so heavy, unhealthy and smelly everywhere you go. If you can’t bear the smell of rotting tomatoes for one week, imagine the impact of hatred and bitterness on your heart as you carry it for months or years”.

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Moral Of The Story:
The heart is a beautiful God-given asset that require regular cleaning from all unwanted weeds. Do not be in a habit of harbouring hatred and bitterness therein. Though people have wronged you so many times, but keeping the bitterness within yourself is like keeping acid, which is dangerous towards your spiritual health and status. Forgive those who have angered you. This makes room for storing good things. Get Better, Not Bitter.

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