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This Diwali, Lets Teach Our Kids Some Compassion


Diwali is the most benign and benevolent of all festivals. The enthusiasm engulfs all. Every one prepares for the festivities in their own way. And the festival, with immense magnanimity, bestows each one with enough happiness to last till the next Diwali. Like every year, we wish to do something new, something unique which could be remembered for years to come. So instead of adding a new piece of furniture to the already crowded house or buying yet another dress to adorn the overflowing wardrobe, how about we do something that will make some difference in our lives and can be counted as genuinely unique. Let’s teach compassion to our kids, not by preaching but by actually doing it for them to witness. A small act of kindness or a selfless gesture with no expectations of payback which will instill a feeling of empathy and responsibility in those young minds.

· No amount of money can buy belongingness that one feels in a family. This Diwali, make some time for family.

· Markets are booming with things you could buy but it feels better to make some at home. The imperfect shapes of those candles, diyas or lanterns will bear witness of perfect times spent together while making them.

· The lights of the festivals don’t abide by the rules of boundaries, neither should you. Don’t let your status keep your kids from the freedom that they deserve.

· The joy of festivals multiply when shared. Let’s teach our kids to share things.

· And while you celebrate with gusto, do not forget those who are bound by the duty to stay away from family. Let us tell our kids to keep them in our prayers and wishes.

· Let us also tell them about the kids around the world who are unfortunate to bear the cost of war for no fault of theirs. Let us teach them to be grateful for what we have.

· Let us show some compassion towards the lesser privileged and those marred by destiny. Extend a hand or share a smile with them.

This year, as we celebrate Diwali, let us strive to change more than one life. Let us make our kids understand the essence of the festival. And let us contribute to bringing up a compassionate and more humane generation.

Wishing you a Very Happy Diwali. Let there be peace and prosperity around the world.

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