(Story of (Appreciation)

One young academically excellent youth
went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the managing director did the last interview to make the
final decision.

The managing director discovered from the CV  that the youth’s academic result was excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research,
never had a year he did not score.

The managing director asked,
“Did you obtain any scholarship in school?” and the youth answered “none”.

The managing 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 managing director asked,   ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as a cloth cleaner. “
The managing director requested the youth to show him his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect to the managing director.

The managing director asked,   ” Did you ever help your mother washed 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 managing director said, “I had 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 wanted to clean his mother’s hands. His mother felt strange, happy but mixed with fear, she showed her hands to the youth.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly, his tears dropped down as he did that.
It was the first time he found his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises incited pains so strong that shivered her mother’s body when cleaned with water.

That was the first time the youth realized and experienced that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to earn him the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had paid for his graduation and academic excellence and probably his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother’s hands, the youth quietly cleaned all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, the mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the managing director’s office.

The managing director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes and asked: ” Could you tell me what had you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.”

The managing director asked, ” Please tell me your feeling.”

The youth said,
Number 1, I knew what is appreciation, without my mother, there would not be the successful me today.
Number 2, I knew how to work together with my mother, then only I can realize how difficult and tough to get something done.
Number 3, I knew the importance and value of family relationship.

The managing director said, ” This is what I am asking. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the suffering of others to get thing done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life to be my manager. “
You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates, every employees worked diligently as a team, making the company’s result to improve tremendously.

A child who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, he would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He is ignorant of his parents’ efforts.
When he started work, he assumed every person must listen to him. When he became a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his staff and would always blame others.
For this kind of people, he can have good academic results, and may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel the sense of achievement. He will grumble and full of hatred and fight for more.
If we are this kind of protective parents, did we love the kid or destroy the kid?

You can let your kid lived 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 should learn how to appreciate the efforts and experience the difficulty and learn the ability to work with others to get thing done.



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