Nimal aged 15, was a brilliant student in St Xavier’s College. As the captain of the junior cricket team, he added many trophies to his school. He was very popular among the students, because of his melodious singing and the innate ability to make others laugh.
His favorite teacher was Mr. Pedro, who was a kind -hearted, soft spoken, gentlemen. Nimal adored Mr. Pedro for his wise guidance and encouragement.
Nimal’s classmates had a peculiar habit of singing and playing in the class, whenever they get a free-period. Some days, they made so much noise, disturbing the adjoining classes, they were even scolded heavily by the respective teachers. In some occasions the principal himself came and reprimanded them.
On a Monday Mrs. Smith, Nimal’s English teacher got absent. So they had two consecutive free-periods. All the students were so glad, they began to sing, dance and play as usual, using the free-periods to the maximum. Nimal being the leader of the gang initiated the singing. What started small, began to be a huge commotion. The whole school could hear what was going on.
At that time, nobody knew that Mr. Pedro was teaching in the adjoining class. Little by little the commotion grew worse. At first, Mr. Pedro tried to ignore the noise, but it got more and more boisterous. It was so irritable, even a saintly figure like Mr. Pedro could not tolerate the noise. He got so furious and dashed in to Nimal’s class, and fuming with anger, yelled at Nimal saying “You good for nothing rascal, you spoil all the students, shut up and get out” .
The whole class became dead silent and all took to their seats silently. Nimal got the shock of his life, he never expected such a volley from his beloved teacher Mr. Pedro. His mouth went dry and face became pale with shame and disappointment. He sheepishly went out of the class.
As the days passed, Nimal’s behavior began to change, that jovial nature began to subside. Many a time he was sulky. The melodious singing and the laughter was heard no more. Little by little he began to shun the society and got himself isolated.
Everybody was perplexed at his behavior. The principle of the school noticed his difference and informed his parents of their son’s sudden change. They were all worried and tried to talk to him but he held on to his silence. Nobody could understand what had happened to this cheerful and brilliant young man.
But Nimal knew in his heart what was happening inside of him. He was angry and frustrated, that he was publicly humiliated by Mr. Pedro, whom he admired the most. The growing bitterness was consuming him. He did not know what to do. He became very helpless.
At last he decided to go and meet his pastor. He confessed to him, everything that happened few weeks ago. Pastor listened to him patiently and suggested that he should forgive and pray for Mr. Pedro and let God handle the situation, so that he would be totally free. But for Nimal, it was too much of a challenge, and he hesitated doing so. Yet the Pastor explained to him of the power of prayer and forgiveness.
Nimal reluctantly began to pray for Mr. Pedro and asked the Lord to bless him. Initially it was very difficult, but he kept on praying.
At the same time, Mr. Pedro too, came to know the strange behavior of Nimal. Further he also felt that Nimal was avoiding him. He pondered for a while and remembered the way he scolded Nimal and he began to feel guilty. He decided in his heart, to correct the situation by directly meeting Nimal.
The very next day he came to school early and waited for Nimal to come. He saw Nimal dragging himself to school lazily. The earlier vigor and brightness was not to be seen. Mr. Pedro’s heart sank. He waited for Nimal to come closer and went forward and held Nimal’s hand and said “Son I am sorry, I was too rude to you the other day, I never thought that would hurt you so much, please do forgive me”.
Nimal never expected that from Mr. Pedro, he could not hold tears, he began to sob and embraced Mr.Pedro and said “please forgive me too sir “. There was a brilliant reconciliation and restoration. This became one of the greatest stories among the students as well as teachers. Everyone was happy to see Nimal restored.
From that day everything got changed for both Mr. Pedro and Nimal.
Nimal regained his composure and Mr. Pedro became wiser in handling crisis situations rightly.
Later, Nimal completed his education with flying colors and brought honor to the school and to all his loved ones.
Today he is a very popular motivational speaker and a successful public speaking trainer empowering many lives to achieve excellence.