To keep kids busy during school break, I taught them how to make clay charms. When the school opened after the break, they proudly hung them on their school bags. I soon noticed that when they came home, the charms would be missing! On asking, I discovered that the charms were a big hit with their friends that my children gave it to them!
Never to miss a teaching moment, I blurted out, “Why don’t you guys start a business?”
They loved the idea and started discussing names for the business, ideas on marketing, and drawing business cards. And I patted myself on coming up with a bright idea for teaching Economics in Action!
The next afternoon I opened the door to two bright-eyed elves that they had 12 orders! Smiling, I asked, ” So what are you charging for the charms?” Their faces fell.”Charging? Mom, our friends, haven’t got any money. They can’t buy it. Can’t we give it away? It makes them so happy,” they feebly pleaded.
Looking at their innocent faces, I slowly nodded my head; it struck me that children feel happy when they make someone happy! Not even a ‘thank you’ is given nor expected in return.
I am happy to report that the business is thriving. We are inundated with orders, and I am not planning to give any more Economics lessons in the near future!
Black Lotus is a global initiative to spread goodness and peace through meditation and Random Acts of Kindness (Raks). This grand movement is inspired and led by Om Swami.