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Since my child was born, I have been singing rhymes to him, which not only keeps him amused but also immensely helps him to develop vocabulary. As he turned two a few months back, we introduced him to a new art of 'Storytelling.' We now also narrate stories of cap-seller and the monkeys, the tortoise and the hare, the crow and peacock etc. And one day, to our surprise, he started narrating the story to us. He started saying, "Once upon a time, there was a..." This was a WOW moment for us!
This weekend, I got an opportunity to facilitate Storytelling section in one of the sessions by my coach friend, Lata. With the focus on inculcating positive values in kids, I decided to take up 'Who is the happiest - crow or peacock?'. As visualisations make stories more efficient, I created images of all four characters so that kids can relate to the characters in real time. Here is the story:
Once upon a time, there was a crow who lived in a forest and was quiet satisfied with what he had in his life, until he saw a swan. He said to swan, "You are so white and beautiful and I am so black! You must be the happiest bird in this world." Swan replied, "I thought so until I saw a parrot, which has two bright colors."
The crow then went to parrot and said, "You must be the most happiest bird on this planet, because you are so beautiful and people love to watch you but I am so ugly!" The parrot said, "I thought so until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors but peacock has multiple colors."
The crow then visited peacock in nearby zoo and noticed that people have come from far off places to see the beauty of peacock. The crow asked peacock, "I am amazed to see your colorful feathers. I think you are the most beautiful creature in this world." The peacock replied, "I always thought so but when I notice the world around me, I believe that crow - you, my dear friend - is the happiest bird. This is because you are free to roam anywhere you want and are not entrapped in a cage like me."
Isn't it a wonderful depiction of our day-to-day thoughts! Whether it is a child, an adult or an aged person, we all are slaves of such thoughts in one way or the other.
And the moral of this story was well-defined by the kids themselves in workshop as-
---Grass is greener on the other side
---We are God's unique creation, although I write very slow in my class, but I have the most beautiful handwriting
---We always think others are better than us, but it is not true
This incident made me believe that stories are a powerful medium to share how we feel, what we experience, explore new possibilities, learn morals and picture a reality in our mind.
This helped me and all the young, creative kids believe 'I AM AWESOME!'