Inse and Curity were walking to school one morning when they heard a loud argument coming from a nearby park. They went to investigate and found two boys, Alex and Sam, yelling at each other. Inse immediately felt uneasy, while Curity seemed calm and collected.
“What’s going on here?” asked Curity.
“He took my ball and won’t give it back,” yelled Alex.
“That’s because he stole it from me in the first place,” Sam retorted.
Inse could feel his insecurity taking over, making him want to retreat and avoid the conflict altogether. But Curity took charge, reminding Inse of the five transformations they had learned together.
“Let’s use the second transformation,” said Curity. “We can find inspiration in this situation and use it to help these boys understand each other.”
Inse was hesitant but trusted Curity. They approached the boys and Curity asked them to tell their sides of the story. Alex explained that he found the ball in the park and started playing with it. Sam saw him playing with it and said it was his ball that he had left there earlier.
Inse could see the frustration on both boys’ faces and felt himself starting to understand the situation from both perspectives. Curity then used the third transformation and encouraged the boys to focus on the positive aspects of the situation.
“Both of you love playing with the ball, right?” she said. “Why don’t you play together and share the ball? That way, you both get to have fun and enjoy it.”
The boys looked at each other, and Inse could see the tension starting to ease. They tentatively started playing together, and Inse felt a sense of relief wash over him. Curity then used the fourth transformation and asked the boys to take action to solidify their newfound friendship.
“Why don’t you exchange phone numbers so you can plan future playdates?” she suggested.
The boys agreed, and Inse could see a genuine smile on both their faces. They exchanged numbers and even invited Inse and Curity to join them in playing at the park after school.
As they walked away from the park, Inse and Curity discussed what had just happened. Inse realized that by using the five transformations, he had been able to overcome his insecurity and help resolve a conflict.
“Empathy and understanding are essential to solving conflicts,” Curity said. “If we can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and see things from their perspective, we can find solutions that work for everyone.”
Inse nodded, feeling grateful for the lesson he had learned. He knew that he could use the five transformations in his own life to overcome his insecurities and become a better person.
Inse and Curity had learned a valuable lesson in empathy and understanding others’ perspectives. They had used the five transformations to help resolve a conflict between two boys and had made new friends in the process. Through their journey, young readers could learn to use empathy and understanding to resolve conflicts and overcome their insecurities.