Shillong teacher shares inspirational thoughts this Children's Day


By Amanda A. Pakyntein

Each day is a precious gift from GOD with new grace and new opportunities and, we are in this life to learn from every experience we encountered and then enlighten the knowledge to help in growing, building and lifting each other.

As a responsible human being and as a Nation, we are committed to usher each and every child as well as the special-needs, the underprivileged, the orphans and the less fortunate children under our guidance and loving care. We, adults should remember children need peace and to be loved all the time; together we can bestow upon our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.

A benevolent child comes from the heart not from the wallet and we shouldn't be a mystery to our children, let them feel us and we will share our stories with them and in this way they will know they aren't alone in the journey called "Life".

Children's Day is celebrated each year on November 14 in India to mark the birth anniversary of the country's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

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He was fondly called 'Chacha Nehru' and 'Chacha Ji' and his affection towards the children is well recognised and appreciated and thus, November 14 is celebrated as Children's Day every year.

Children are the source of hope and the soul of a Nation; they are the passage of a better future and they don't always need advice. Sometimes, all they need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen and, a heart to understand. We adults should be the affirmation in illuminating each and every child to live in harmony with any community, caste, creed, race, gender, religion, culture and any other stratum.

Each and every child's life is in the hands of the teachers, parents, elders and adults resembling a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. We, as teachers and parents are aiming at something the child cannot see; we focus on stretches and strain to uplift our lovely children. We will keep on focusing till our purpose is in sight, then let our children fly and rise in life and soar into their purpose to reach their goal.

Teachers and parents should not instruct children only to score good grades, passing exams and get a good job or to excel only in studies and sports but the most important point and the greatest role as parents and teachers, is to create an awareness that ‘our environment is a precious heritage that we ought to preserve’ and, on top of that we ought to educate our children to respect themselves, respect others, respect animals and respect the ‘environment’ and we must all do our shares to keep our surrounding clean and green.

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This children's day, let us also spare a thought for all the children who love, care and are being kind to animals and their pets. I would also like to drop a line on behalf of all the animals and birds that are being cruelly, harshly, grimly, sternly and brutally treated by us humans. As far as I understand we are all natural beings with human experiences, so our pets and animals too are the natural being and the living species created by GOD to have a taste of the earth as we humans are and above all they are very thoughtful and can speak to us through the look in their eyes and feelings from their heart.

Most children find the beauty of delight and happiness in veterinarians. I place an utmost esteem to all the veterinarian warriors who gives the child a connection other people might not have because they can remedy a child's heart when the pets of a child are infirm and not well.

Life is not concerning waking up early; Life is about waking up happy. Our kids don't always need perfect parents, all they need is a happy home and happy parents. Let us spread love to our children, not fear of the virus. Children are the beacon of light sitting at the corner of our mind.

Our greatest contribution may not be something we do; but someone we raise. Our days are happier when we give children a piece of our heart instead of the piece of our mind because at the end of the day, all they need is a peace of mind and a happy heart.

We should try to live a life filled with intention and empathy for those children in need. Our collaborative efforts can help lift humanity and bring prosperity to the world and the society as a whole. This gives me so much strength and hope that we all have the potential to make a difference in this world - no matter how small the gesture is, above all, as long as we do it out of love, we can impact peace and joy in everyone soul.

This simple act of kindness and love can surely make a difference in someone's else life. Hence, with freedom in our minds and zeal in our hearts, let us take a vow to protect the well being of a child and do everything we can to be better citizens.


(Amanda A. Pakyntein is a teacher of Sein Jaintia Morning School in Shillong, Meghalaya)

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