Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Story of Appreciation

                         A find this article to be very humbling ..........
                         a good read for everyone, parents and children  
                         One young academically excellent person went to   
                         apply for a managerial position in a big company. 
                         He passed the first interview, the director did   
                         the last interview, made the last decision.       
                         The director discovered from the CV that the   
                         youth's academic achievements were excellent all
                         the way, from the secondary school until the   
                         postgraduate research, never had a year when he   
                         did not score.                                 
                         The director asked, "Did you obtain any           
                         scholarships in school?" the youth answered       
                         The director asked, " Was it your father who paid 
                         for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My 
                         father passed away when I was one year old, it was
                         my mother who paid for my school fees.         
                         The director asked, " Where did your mother work?"
                         The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes
                         cleaner. The director requested the youth to show 
                         his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that
                         were smooth and perfect.                       
                         The director asked, " Have you ever helped your   
                         mother wash the clothes before?" The youth     
                         answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to   
                         study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother 
                         can wash clothes faster than me.               
                         The director said, "I have a request. When you go 
                         back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and 
                         then see me tomorrow morning.*                 
                         The youth felt that his chance of landing the job 
                         was high. When he went back, he happily requested 
                         his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother 
                         felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she
                         showed her hands to the kid.                   
                         The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His
                         tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he
                         noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, 
                         and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some 
                         bruises were so painful that his mother shivered
                         when they were cleaned with water.             
                         This was the first time the youth realized that it
                         was this pair of hands that washed the clothes 
                         everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The 
                         bruises in the mother's hands were the price that 
                         the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic
                         excellence and his future.                     
                         After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, 
                         the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes
                         for his mother.                                   
                         That night, mother and son talked for a very long 
                         Next morning, the youth went to the director's 
                         The Director noticed the tears in the youth's     
                         eyes, asked: " Can you tell me what have you done 
                         and learned yesterday in your house?"             
                         The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hand, 
                         and also finished cleaning all the remaining   
                         The Director asked, " please tell me your         
                         The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is   
                         appreciation. Without my mother, there would not
                         the successful me today. Number 2, by working     
                         together and helping my mother, only I now realize
                         how difficult and tough it is to get something 
                         done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the     
                         importance and value of family relationship.   
                         The director said, " This is what I am looking for
                         to be my manager.                                 
                         I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the 
                         help of others, a person who knows the sufferings 
                         of others to get things done, and a person who 
                         would not put money as his only goal in life. You 
                         are hired.                                     
                         Later on, this young person worked very hard, and 
                         received the respect of his subordinates. Every   
                         employee worked diligently and as a team. The     
                         company's performance improved tremendously.   
                         A child, who has been protected and habitually 
                         given whatever he wanted, would develop           
                         "entitlement mentality" and would always put   
                         himself first.                                 
                         He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When
                         he starts work, he assumes that every person must 
                         listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he
                         would never know the sufferings of his employees
                         and would always blame others. For this kind of   
                         people, who may be good academically, may be   
                         successful for a while, but eventually would not
                         feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be 
                         full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this 
                         kind of protective parents, are we really showing 
                         love or are we destroying the kid instead?*       
                         You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a   
                         good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But
                         when you are cutting grass, please let them       
                         experience it. After a meal, let them wash their
                         plates and bowls together with their brothers and 
                         sisters. It is not because you do not have money
                         to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love
                         them in a right way. You want them to understand, 
                         no matter how rich their parents are, one day     
                         their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of
                         that young person. The most important thing is 
                         your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and
                         experience the difficulty and learns the ability
                         to work with others to get things done.           
                         Stay blessed and have a nice day…!!!            

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