A teacher was teaching her class when she relayed a story about a cruise ship capsized at sea. On the ship, there was a couple that managed to make their way to a lifeboat, but then realized there was only space for one…
Although I can’t confirm whether this story actually happened or not, I certainly think we can all learn something from it.
A cruise ship capsized while at sea. On the ship was a couple who, after having made their way to the lifeboat, realized that there was only space for one person left.
At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself.
She stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.
The teacher stopped and asked: “What do you think she shouted?”
Most of the students excitedly answered: “I hate you!”
The teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout. She asked what he thought: “Miss, I believe she would have shouted – Take care of our child!”
Surprised, the teacher asked: “Have you heard this story before?”
The boy shook his head: “Nope, but that was what my mom told my dad before she died.”
The teacher lamented: “That answer is right.”
The cruise sunk, the man went home and brought up their daughter on his own.
Many years later after his death, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings.
It turns out that when her parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was already diagnosed with terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed towards his only chance of survival.
He wrote in his diary: “How I wished to be at the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I had to let you lie forever below the sea alone.”
The story is finished. The class was completely silent.
The teacher knew that her students had understood the moral of the story, that of the good and evil in the world, lie many grey zones which are hard to understand.
That’s why we must never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first.
Those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are loaded but because they value friendship above money.
Those who take initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility.
Those who apologize first after a fight, do so not because they’re wrong but because they value the people around them.
Those who often text you, do so not because they have nothing better to do but because you are in their heart.
One day, all of us will get separated from each other. We will miss our conversations of everything and nothing and the dreams we had. Days, months and years will pass until this contact becomes rare.
One day, our children will see our pictures and ask: “Who are these people?”
And we will smile with invisible tears because a heart is touched with a strong word and you will say: “It was them that I had the best days of my life with.”
Feel free to share this moving tale of love and life with all your family and friends.
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