A young man saw his primary school teacher at a wedding ceremony. He went to greet him with all respect & admiration.
He said to him: ‘Can u still recognize me Sir?’
‘I don’t think so!!’, said the Teacher, ‘could you please remind me how we met?’
The student recounted: “I was your Student in the 3rd Grade, I stole a Wrist watch belonging to my then classmate because it was unique & fascinating.
My Classmate came to u crying that his Wrist Watch had been stolen & you ordered all Students in the class to stand on a straight line, facing the wall with our hands up & our eyes closed so you could check our pockets. At this point, I became jittery & terrified of the outcome of the search. The shame I will face after other Students discovered that I stole the Watch, the opinions my Teachers will form about me, the thought of being named a ‘ thief’ till I leave the School & my Parents’ reaction when they get to know about my action. All these thoughts flowing across my heart, when suddenly it was my turn to be checked. I felt your hand slipped into my pocket & u brought out the Watch. I was gripped with fear, expecting the worse to be announced. I was surprised I didn’t hear anything, but Sir, u continued searching other Students’ pockets till you got to the last person.
When the search was over, you asked us to open our eyes & sit on our Chairs. I was afraid to sit because I was thinking you will call me out soon after everyone was seated.
But to my amazement, you showed the watch to the class, gave it to the owner & u never mentioned the name of the one who stole the watch.
You didn’t say a word to me, & u never mentioned the story to anyone.
Throughout my stay in the school, no Teacher or Student knew what happened. This incident naturally taught me a great lesson & I resolved in my heart never to get myself involved in taking whatever is not mine.
I thought to myself, u saved my dignity.”
“Do you remember the story now Sir? U can’t simply forget this story Sir!!”
The teacher replied, ‘ I vividly remember the story that I found the Watch in a pocket but i did not know in whose pocket the stolen Watch was found that day because I searched your pockets while I also had my eyes closed.”
In life, we need wisdom for everything we do. As Parents, Teachers, & Leaders we should be able to close our eyes to some things. Not all misbehavior requires punishment. Some will need encouragement, some mentoring, & some monitoring.