Kanishka, will you stop throwing your things all over and start assembling the mess you have created? I will complain about you to dad that you create a mess and don’t listen to us as well. How many times do we make you understand that this isn’t your home. This is your school and you can’t keep throwing things around. Get it?, her teacher asked taking a deep breath.
Kanishka was new member of the school and was known for her notorious habits. She was popular among her friends and she used to do all the crazy activities in the frontline and the remaining class hid in her shadow. She faced the consequences always and took blame of the whole class and still continued to be notorious and helped people in their mischief activities. She thought by doing all this, she had made herself the most popular kid among the rest. She always wanted to be famous and around people and get noticed.
School authorities have been noticing all her actions and gave her several severe warnings but all went in vain. The school had now seen worried as the grades of the other students dipped due to increase in mischief from the rest of the class too. Several complains from other parents and teachers had now made the senior level authorities to think of an alternative. Calling her parents only resulted in a apologetic tone and this will not happen again phrases.
The school had then decided to heal the child in a better way than shouting and giving her punishments. They had decided to break the bad habits of her and make her realize of how things could be different then. They wanted to try becoming more of her kind rather than acting superior.
Kanishka, “you are called by the coordinator in her room,” came the floor-keeper with the message. She was astonished that why was she called now when she hadn’t done any mischief today. She simply followed the keeper in deep thoughts. Classmates were worried too and a few made funny faces on how she had been caught again. Whisper took along the room where teacher in-charge silenced the class.
Kanishka took permission and entered the room. Coordinator greeted her with smile for the first time and this made her worry more. She sat and waited for the teacher to speak. “I will ask you eight questions and will give you a task after each question and if you succeed doing all of them honestly and correctly, all the allegations and complains will be taken back. And then you’ll be able to sit for the coming semester. I will ask you one question a day. So it will take 8 days of conversation” added the coordinator Ms. Kavita.
“Okay, but…whaat err would I have to do,” confused and stammering took over Kanishka. Calm down child and the teacher smiled.
The first question of mine to you is, “are you aware of your habits and the mischief you do?” To which kanishka replies, “yes ma’am I am aware of the mischief I do, but then my friends are always in the mischief but, they never confront about it but when it comes to PTA everyone acts innocent I take up all the blames. That’s it,” shrugged Kanishka
“Hmm!” Said teacher kavita. “Your today’s task is to do one mischief in the class with your friends and don’t take the blame. You must blame it to another person doing the mischief.”
The same day, she along with a few friends had powdered the benches and the floor and flew dusts away. When the teacher caught, the whole class began blaming kanishka for the same and giggles began. But never like before, she blamed a few other friends for the same. Everybody remained silent and teacher punished a few of her friends and not her.
The next morning, when she narrated the whole incident and how worse she was made to feel after that. She stated those friends broke friendship with me and never spoke to me since yesterday despite they being wrong. The teacher smiled, “yes child, I know. We always wanted to make you understand this. Learn about yourself and your habits rather than changing it for the others.
So now let’s move on to the second question. What do you wish to become in the future and when do you plan for it?” Kanishka thought for a few seconds and replied, “I wish to become a journalist and will start when the right time comes.” Teacher nodded in her appreciation! She says, “there is no right time to do anything child. Begin today. You waste a lot of time planning a mischief, and implementing it. Today your task would be, to read a newspaper and watch news for half an hour and then prepare a scene on your own and how will you cover the same.”
Kanishka invested most of the time in creating and re-creating the ideas of how could she do better and amidst all this she had forgotten about creating a new mischief.
The next day she narrated a scene perfectly in front of her teacher. Teacher clapped in appreciation. And said, “see child small changes bring huge appreciation. The same way, minimizing your mischief and breaking your bad habits slowly will bring a better you every day. Moving on to the third question, what makes you do mischief and trouble the class and the teacher?”
To which Kanishka replies, “it makes me popular and funny. My friends stay with me and share everything with me.” The teacher was silent and then gave her the task which was- While going home, talk to our security guard at the gate for a few minutes and understand what his problems in life are? As said, she went to the security guard and spoke. Hearing him and later while she was going home she thought about it the whole way back home. The next day after coming to school she had got an solution to the security and had got a lot of blessings in return. She was happy.
When she had met the teacher she sounded happy and narrated the incident of what had happened. Teacher smiled and began praising her for the good deeds. She then said, “always creating a fuss doesn’t make you popular and gain friendship and respect. Bullying and mischief needs a barrier. Make friends by hearing them and make them hear you. Let me now ask you the fourth question, did you ever talk to the silent students of the class?” She straight-forward replied a NO to it. I knew it, said the teacher. “Your task today is to sit along with them and hear them.”
She entered the class and moved her seat to the front rows and spent a day with them. The next day she said that she began understanding a better outlook of those group of people. She found that they find more happiness without being a part of mischief and being popular. “Look child, changing the environment mad you realize the different aspect of being happy and joyous. Coming to the fifth question, You are popular for doing mischief, what else are you/could you be popular?” Kanishka gave a thought, “reading a book silently. When I read a book I do not need any disrtubance, she added.” “So the task for you is, remain silent and read your workbooks and pay attention to the class.”
The next day when she entered the staffroom, she saw a piece of paper on the desk, all teachers who taught her class gave remarks that she was silent and much attentive in the class and even answered a few questions when asked. Kanishka was much delighted to see her names in the good books. Teacher calmed her down and said, “change your habits and you’ll find more of such happiness often. Moving to the sixth question, when was the last time you were praised for completing an assignment, homework on time or for the best grades?” Kanishka said 6th grade in my previous school. “That’s long, exclaimed the teacher.” Err yes. “The task for the day is, complete all your assignment and homework up to date.”
The next day, she came to the teacher desk after getting all her copies corrected with no dues. She felt happy. She said she was determined to complete her work. She somehow felt easy. Teacher was happy knowing the same and said, “do visualize your dream and stay motivated, success will reach to you automatically. Moving to seventh question, do you like yourself since a week of practicing this session? Finding a change in yourself ?” “Yes ma’am I feel a lot better and motivated.” “And your task for the day is, Buy yourself a chocolate with every bite remember success is inching towards you.”
The next day, “liked your chocolate?” “Ahh, yes ma’am I have got one for you too.” “Oh. That’s so sweet Kanishka. THANK YOU! And so we are in the eighth and the final questions. Ever self-praised yourself?” “No. people praises, why should I praise my own self, isn’t that insane? Hahaha.” “Try it today, that’s your task. Self-praise yourself with all the tasks you did in the last 8 days.”
The next day, “ma’am I am sorry. I haven’t realized how bad student I have always been. I promise to make sure I wouldn’t harm anybody with my mischief. I now understand how a simple bad habit can effect so many people. Being with good people, understanding the worth of self, and respecting others, gives so much happiness than any other thing.”
I will be the best in academics, behavior, and friendship. She concluded. Breaking bad habits has always been a tough call, and a serious motivator/mentor is required. We can live a better life without these habits and make yours and your nearby people a happy surrounding.
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