It takes all of us to make our world a more hopeful and caring place. We need to be agents of change. Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.

The great Mark Twain said that anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. Like anger, hatred could destroy so much. It never fails to destroy the man who hates and this is an indisputable fact. It is easy to hate and difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.  Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love and this is the eternal rule as well. Let us learn from the following article the effect of hatred in our lives inspired by the writings of an unknown writer.

As the story goes, a kindergarten teacher decided to let her class play a game. The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few apples. Each apple will be given a name of a person that the child hates, so the number of apples that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.

When the day came, every child brought some apples with the names of the people he/she hated. Some had two apples; some had three apples while there were a few with up to five apples. The teacher told the children to carry the apples in the plastic bag with them wherever they go, for one week.

Days passed by and the children started to complain about the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten apples. Children with five apples complained the most as they had to carry heavier bags. After a week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended.

The teacher asked, “How did you feel while carrying the apples with you for one week?”

The children let out their frustrations and complained about the trouble they had to go through to carry the heavy and smelly apples wherever they go.

The teacher finally told them about the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said, “This is the exact situation to what happens when you carry hatred for someone 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 apples for just one week, can you imagine what it is like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime?”

Moral of the story: Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry a burden for a lifetime. The best attitude to take is to forgive others! Love others even if you don’t like them.

  By Tim Pedrosa

Hate no one no matter how much others wronged you. Live humbly no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you've been given little. Keep in touchy with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying the best for those you love.