Think and Write
G. Answer the following in about 80-100 words. Take ideas from the poem and also use your own ideas.
1. Recall a recent situation when you became angry. What were the consequences of your anger? After listening to the guidelines on anger management, find out how well you could have handled the situation. Write your findings.
Anger is often viewed by the public as a feeling related to evil. However, it is actually an innate feeling that every individual feels once in a while. No one can escape this feeling. Even small children became angry from time to time.
• It is important to recognize when you feel angry.
• Never try to suppress your anger but try to understand it.
• When we sleep, the body and mind rest and rebuild damaged cells and neural pathways.
• Regular physical exercises can keep oneself fit.
2. What might have caused the conflict which led to the poet becoming angry with his enemy? Think of one such situation that you have experienced. Describe how you felt and how the enmity grew and things became worse.
In the poem 'A poison tree' the poet is not satisfied to wait for his enemy to die. But he wants to kill him using deceit. Everyone knew a bully or had an enemy when they were growing up . There is enmity between individuals, groups, countries etc. The love of hating paves way to enmity. Enmity grows because of jealousy, greed, pride and arrogance, disloyalty and intolerance. Things become worse when enmity grows. Enmity is a result of all evils. It leads to hatred and aversion. Enmity destroys the virtues of man. It affects the good character of oneself. It makes anyone very selfish. It cheers up at the defeat and death of the enemy. Thus the things become worse when the enmity grows.
H. Discuss and Write.
1. Identify five to six qualities which make an ordinary person, loved and respected by all. Work in groups of five or six. Each group has to take up one quality and discuss the methods for imbibing that quality and identify the challenges that need to be faced.
Six qualities which make an ordinary person, loved and respected by all
4. Avoiding excuses
5. Adapting to changes
2. Adolescents are often distracted by feelings like anger, disappointment and general helplessness when they face challenges at school or at home. Suggest way to turn such feelings into positive ones.
• When you are distracted by your feelings you may do the following to turn them into positive ones,
• Breathe and relax yourself
• Suspend your point of view and take on the others.
• Become more mindful
• Bring humour to the rescue.
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Different types of laughter