Change yourself and not the World

SHORT STORY

Change yourself and not the World

Long ago, people happily lived under the rule of a king. The people of the kingdom were very happy as they had a very prosperous life with abundance of wealth and no misfortunes.

The king decided to go on a travel to visit places of historical importance and pilgrim centres at distant places. He decided to travel by foot to interact with his people and accompany them.

People of distant places were so happy to have a conversation with their king and they were proud that their king was so kind with a good heart!

After several weeks, he returned to the palace. He was quite happy that he visited many pilgrim centres and could see his fellow people leading a propitious life. However, he had regret.

He had intolerable pain in his feet as it was his first trip by foot to longer distance. He complained to his ministers that the roads weren’t comfortable and were very stony. He could not tolerate the pain as he walked all the way through the rough path.

He said he was very much worried about the people who used to walk along those roads as it would be painful for them too!

He made an order to cover the road of the whole country with leather so that people might feel comfortable, immediately.

The king thought that he had to change this for the betterment and happiness of the people.

His ministers were stunned to hear his order as it would destroy the life of thousands of cows to get the sufficient quantity of leather and it would cost a huge amount of money also.

A wise man from the ministry came to the king and said that he had another idea.

The king asked - what was his alternative idea. The minister told, ’Why do you want to kill the holy animal cow to cover the road with leather? Rather, you can just have a piece of leather cut in appropriate shape to cover your feet?’

The king was very much surprised by his suggestion and applauded the minister. He ordered for a pair of leather shoes for him and requested the countrymen to wear shoes.

Many of us criticize the world for many things. We curse and blame the things in our surroundings and never understand that we need a change in us.

Changes are inevitable in the world, and the changes should be from us. We cannot or should not force others to make a change. Fromwww.kidsworldfun.com.

Riddles

1. I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

2. Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat the outside and throw away the inside. What is it?

3. What can you catch but not throw?

4. What goes in the water black and comes out red?

5. During what month do people sleep the least?

Answers

1.       A candle 2.  A corn on the cob 3. Cold 4. A lobster 5. February, it’s the shortest month after all.

KID OF THE WEEK

Name: Cherish Daberechi Okoro

Age: 5 years

School: Lyngra International Academy, Off Abuja-Keffi Expressway, Oneman Village, Karu

Ambition: he wants to be a Medical Doctor

What she likes: reading, dancing and watching cartoons.

 

QUIZ

1.            The area in an aircraft where the pilot and crew members sit is called what?

2.            In what year did Nigeria return to democratic rule?

3.            Who was the last military head of state in Nigeria?

4.            Who won the 1999 presidential election in Nigeria?

 

Answers

1.       Cockpit 2. 1999 3. General Abdusalami Abubakar 4. General Olusegun Obasanjo

DID YOU KNOW?

1. Did you know bats are the only mammals capable of continued flight?

2. Did you know nearly all reptiles lay shelled eggs?

3. Did you know scorpions are predatory animals of the class Arachnida, making them cousins to spiders, mites and ticks?

4. Did you know sneezing with your eyes open is impossible?

5. Did you know the collective name for the group of crabs is a cast? From http://www.sciencekids.co.nz.

 

KIDS AND HEALTH

Safe Cyberspace surfing

Learn about llamas, read up on your favourite skateboard star, or study a stegosaurus. You can do all these things online and then email or text-message your best friend about it.

 

 But when you’re moving through cyberspace, you need to stay safe. It comes down to just a few simple guidelines:

 

1. Don’t communicate with strangers online and never agree to meet in person.

 

2. Tell a parent or another adult if a stranger contacts you in a chat room or through email or text     messaging.

 

3. Don’t enter contests, join clubs, or share your personal information for any reason, unless your mom or dad says it’s OK.

 

Personal information includes your name, address, age, phone number, birthday, email address, where you go to school, and other facts about you. From http://kidshealth.org.

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