Just Essays

Just Essays

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Just Essays

By Chestlyn Draghoender

Published by Chestlyn Draghoender on Shakespir

Copyright 2016 Chestlyn Draghoender

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About The Book

Just Essays contains four (4) short essays written by Chestlyn Draghoender. Most of these essays have been published online. The author also expresses their own opinions about the various topics in this book.


To my lovely mother and cousin.

Thank you. Without your support and patience, I would have never

achieved my dream.

The Farmer

There was once a farmer who was very old. He was well over 70 and attended church regularly, so everyone knew him. He was known to be a strict man, and a bit of a perfectionist. His wife had left him, and moved to England some twenty years ago. His five daughters were already grown-ups. They got married and had kids of their own. They didn’t get along with him. Sometimes they called him a bully. Yes, the farmer was a perfectionist. Everything had to be just right, or else. But that was long ago.

The Farmer hadn’t heard from his daughters since their mother left, so he didn’t know how they were up to. He had heard many some rumors that they wanted nothing to do with him, and that they had called him an abuser behind his back. Sometimes he blamed himself for their behavior and regretted having been so strict with them when they were younger. Maybe that’s why they didn’t visit him. If only they know how much he loved them, all of them. If only he had told them how much he loved them when they were little. He has become an old and lonely man, dying for someone to talk to. What’s why he decided to get out of that empty house of his and visit his pastor.

One evening, when he had finally arrived at the pastor’s house, he stood by the door before knocking, wondering what he would say. He knocked over three times when eventually someone opened. It was the Pastor’s wife. He looked at her, greeted and requested to speak to her husband. She invited him in without hesitation, and went to the back room to call pastor.

The farmer could feel his heart beating in his chest when he saw the pastor enter the living room. He was a well-respected and humble man who had a passion for helping others. And this old farmer needed all the help he could get.

”Good evening Pastor! How are you doing?”

Pastor greeted with a soft smile as he held the cup of tea his wife handed to him.

“No thank you. I won’t stay long,” the farmer announced.

“To what do I owe this surprise?” Pastor inquired as he descended in his chair.

“Pastor, I need your help. I have been feeling sick for a while now.”

‘Well have you been to a doctor? You’re not so youthful anymore, you know.”

“No, Pastor. I don’t need a doctor”

“But you just said that you feel sick.”

“Pastor, I’m miserable. I can’t take this anymore”.

Pastor raised an eyebrow. “Can’t take what anymore?” he asked and looked at his wife.

“I have been living with hate all these years. I can’t take it anymore. I’m tired.”

“It’s that what you meant when you said you’ve been feeling sick all these years? You have been holding onto hate all these years?”

“Yes Pastor. Please, can you help me?” The farmer tried to hold back his tears, but he couldn’t resist. He could believe that he was revealing himself to strangers. He became overwhelmed and cried so much that his body started to shake fiercely. But he couldn’t help it. He felt weighed down, stripped clean. He had nothing left inside of him.

Pastor put down his tea. He had to intervene. He took a deep breath, put his hand on the farmer’s shoulder, and said: “What you need to do is to Forgive. Your hatred and unwillingness to forgive has made you sick. And by you, I mean your inner man, your spirit. My friend, the good news is that you can be set free from all that hate. But, you must forgive“.

The farmer looked up. His eyes were red and swollen. Trying to get himself under control, he looked at both of them, nearly begging: “Well, can you help me with that? Can you help me free myself?”

“Yes we can,” Pastor’s wife replied. “But you must sincerely forgive and let go of all the hurt that others may have caused you. You must also forgive yourself for whatever you may have done to others. Your spiritual health depends on this. So will you choose forgive?”

“Yes I will. Yes I will. I will forgive. Oh, thank you both for all your help. You have changed my life.”

Pastor smiles and said: “No my friend, you’ve just changed your own live. By choosing to forgive you have set yourself free. Free from your own bondage.”

The farmer got out of his chair and reached for the Pastor’s hand, greeted him and his wife and said: “Pastor, you won’t believe this, but I feel so much lighter than when I came here.”

Pastor smiled and replied: “My friend that right there is called Freedom.”

*** The End***

Do you find it easy or hard to forgive?

Are SA teenagers ready for adulthood?

“Kids these days, they just grow up so fast.” You have probably already heard the phrase from your parents or other adults in your community. Well this is particularly true of most kids as they reach their early teenage years. Teens today are more informed and equipped than their parents and grandparents were in their days.

Today’s teens also have access to a lot more support from various national youth organizations and government institutions like the South African Youth Organization (SAYO) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). These things were unheard of in those days. Teens have a much wider variety of opportunities than ever before.

Vast amounts of information concerning the main issues that affect teens today are available almost everywhere. Issues like drugs and alcohol, sex and pregnancy, depression and suicide can be found almost anywhere; on the internet, in books and magazines at the local library, and even on television. Popular television shows like Rands with Sense that are concerned with financial matters are also incredibly helpful to teens today.

There are ludicrous amounts of youth development initiatives out there as well. They aim to help and encourage teens and young adults to become the best adults they can be. I don’t mean to sound harsh or anything, but actually they have no excuse for failure.

I mean, think about it. If our parents could achieve so much with so little, imagine what we could achieve if we just grab every opportunity we get with both hands. The opportunities are out there, we just need to look for them.

What do you think? Are South African teenagers ready for adulthood?

About the Author

Chestlyn Draghoender is a young writer/poet from South African. He was born on 8 April 1989 and lives in Cape Town. He has appeared on Poetry Potion, GloMag, The Commonline Journal, and The FunDza Literacy Trust. Chestlyn is also a member of the Organization of African Youth (OAYouth).

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Blog Url: http://chestlyn27.wordpress.com

Just Essays

Just essays was written by Chestlyn Draghoender. These essays are aimed at young people and are thus easy to read and understand. They have been published online.

  • ISBN: 9781370630899
  • Author: Chestlyn Draghoender
  • Published: 2016-08-07 18:35:09
  • Words: 1273
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