Thursday, December 9, 2010

A story on appreciation - Inspirations by Sudhir Krishnan

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a large corporation. He passed the first interview, and the director who did the last interview round, deliberated over the decision to hire him. 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 the school?”, the youth answered “None”.

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 washes clothes for a li iving". 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 time. Next morning , the youth went to the director’s office. 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 clothes”

The Director asked, “ please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said,

1. I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today.
2. By working together and helping my mother, Only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.
3. I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family and relationship.

The director said, “ This is what I am looking for to be 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.

As time went by, 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.

The lesson:

A child who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop a sense of entitlement, and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parents efforts. When he starts a career, he would assume that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, may not appreciate the pains of his fellow employees and would have a tendency to blame others. Are we really serving our children by not helping them learn to appreciate of what they have?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. However, when you are cutting grass, let them also 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 because you want to love them in a right way. The most important thing is that the child learns how to appreciate the effort involved in any work and to be grateful for what he has been given, and learn to be a team player.


  1. makes very good sense :) wonderful story

  2. Liked, admired, n notes taken... A wonderful, touching n teaching read at the same time... :) Thank u for this...

  3. Splendid! Appreciate the work of others for your success. Humility and teaming are the lessons to be learnt.-R S Sarma

  4. How many people really does so? Its really good for reading but when it comes to real life, neither does it happen nor some people have any attitude towards doing so.... Thats how the roots are, so how can we think that the trunks would change??

    Koel Pathak (once Working, now housewife & a mother)

  5. This kind of realisation goes a long way in relationship building, appreciation of unsaid & unrealised feelings of our loved ones!

  6. One has to learn the true meaning of life. No matter whatever the stopy is one has to have a good belief and karma. Real motivating story Sudhirji. Amit Dave