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By Vinesh Nambiar

Illustrated by Albert Lalmuanpuia Ralte


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By Vinesh Nambiar Illustrated by Albert Lalmuanpuia Ralte Copyright © 2007 The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the copyright owners. Published by The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation. ISBN 978-0-9798986-5-5 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Dorian’s friend, Paxton, was going through some difficult times and was really sad. He wasn’t talking to anyone, but Dorian could tell something was wrong. Dorian decided to talk to him to see if he could cheer him up.

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He called out from a distance, “Hi Paxton, how’s it going?” Paxton didn’t respond.

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Then Dorian yelled out, “Hey Paxton, do you want to play catch with the football?” Again, Paxton didn’t say a word.

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Dorian then walked up to Paxton and asked, “Paxton, what’s wrong? You’re not even responding to me.”

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Paxton finally replied, “Dorian, my Dad is really sick in the hospital and he can’t even open his eyes or talk. I’ve been going to the hospital everyday after school to see him, and I just sit with him for hours. He doesn’t even move. I don’t feel like doing anything right now. I have not even been doing my homework for the past few days.”

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Dorian recalled how his Grandma was recently in the hospital and how he felt. This memory of his Grandma made him feel empathy for Paxton because he could really understand what he was going through.

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He said, “Paxton, I know what you’re going through because my Grandma was recently very sick in the hospital, too. I learned that the most important thing during that time was to share love with my family. This will help you focus on what really matters in life and give you energy to do the things you’re supposed to do. Do you think your Dad would want you to be so sad that you don’t even do your homework?”

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Paxton said, “No way! My Dad always says that no matter what happens in life, I should always keep on living and giving.�

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Paxton then smiled and said, “Thanks, Dorian, for your understanding. It feels like you lifted a huge weight off my shoulders.� By having empathy, Dorian was able to truly help Paxton feel better.

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This book is dedicated to the Love that resides in the hearts of everyone.

108 Steps to Love

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Media that Makes a Difference

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Research that can Change the World

Learn more about the projects above at www.hv4k.org/framework . The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting universal human values in children. All products, projects, and programs developed by the organization have this aim in mind and contribute to this end. The organization operates on the premise that there is no solution more effective to solving the problems facing our world than to elicit the innate wisdom that resides in the hearts of our children. The organization has been built on the foundation of Peace, Truth, Righteousness, Nonviolence, and Love. Hence, the vision for The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation is to change the world one heart at a time through values that apply to all people at all times in all places.

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changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


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The Adventures in Human Values books are simple, yet powerful stories that teach kids about the importance of basic human values. Join Shivam, Khiara, Dorian, Elizabeth, CJ, Julia, Ahmed, Melia, and Keisha as they learn about FOLLOWING, TALENT, EMPATHY, DUTY, CONTENTMENT, SWEETNESS, CONCENTRATION, FORTITUDE, and FAITH in this inspiring sixth series. If we are to change our world for the better, then it must begin in the hearts of our children.

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changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Adventures in Human Values - Stories for Children – EMPATHY