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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 978-0-9798986-6-2 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Melia was talking to her friend, Louis, trying to cheer him up. Louis was really sad because his best friend, Alicia, was not being nice to him.

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Louis explained, “Alicia is always getting mad at me. When we hang out together, she’s not happy. It seems like she doesn’t want to be my friend anymore.”

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Melia asked, “Louis, what are you doing to make her upset?” Louis answered, “I’m not sure. I’m just being myself. I guess she just doesn’t like me anymore.”

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Melia said, “Louis, don’t take it personally when she gets mad. Think positively about Alicia because there may be something else that is bothering her. In the meantime, if you really care about her, you need to have equanimity in your friendship.” “What do you mean by that?” asked Louis.

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Melia responded, “Equanimity means that you accept the good times and the bad times as part of your friendship. By doing this, you will always be happy and appreciative of your friendship with Alicia. Soon enough, I’m sure she’ll come around.” “You really think so?” asked Louis. “Certainly!” replied Melia.

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All of a sudden, Alicia came by and started yelling at Louis. “You were supposed to meet me at the library five minutes ago!” she exclaimed. “You are so inconsiderate! You don’t even care about me!”

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Melia was surprised that Alicia got so angry. However, she was even more surprised by Louis’ response.

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Louis did not get angry, but just smiled and said, “I’m sorry, Alicia. I know you are mad at me, but I’m not mad at you. I really do care about you. I just want you to be happy. So, no matter how good or bad our friendship is, I will always be happy and appreciative that you are my best friend.”

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Melia couldn’t help but smile because Louis had shown what equanimity is all about.

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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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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 CLEANLINESS, BEAUTY, UNITY, PERCEPTION, FREEDOM, WEALTH, INSPIRATION, EQUANIMITY, and HELPING in this inspiring seventh 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 – EQUANIMITY