22 November 2010

Sharing Maring Is Caring Daring

Salaam all, and Happy Monday Blues to those who are working. Wahaha.. ^^"

Anyway, I got this message from my auntie, and I think it's worth sharing with you. Oh, do put a box of tissues besides you, coz you might need a hell lot of them! (No, not just for the soft-hearted women, but you, all the macho men as well!)

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This is a powerful message in our modern society. We seemed to have lost our bearing & our sense of direction. 

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 "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 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.

[Picture's Credit]
 
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, "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."

"Kasih Ibu ibarat jalan, tak pernah putus!" My maid once told me. [Picture's Credit]

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. 

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How now brown cow? Do you learn anything from this excerpt? You better damn do! Coz I sure did! No, it's not Mother's Day today, but it tells you a freakin' lot about life, that you won't learn at school. 

Hope you'll be able to enjoy the heart-warming story as much as I do,  and more importantly, appreciate  and treasure the values instilled.

Sharing is caring indeed.. ;)

-gabbana-

8 Caci Maki Puji Muji:

hamdan jean paul glitter 22/11/2010, 11:34  

waaaaaaaaaaaa sangat deep ini cerita gabbana. hurm hurm

gabbana 22/11/2010, 16:04  

fikir-fikirkan dan selamat beramal! ;)

yann 23/11/2010, 09:10  

setujuuuu sangat! anak2 x boley dimanjakan sangat; lagi bahaya kalau nanti kepala orang tua dipijaknya. terima kasih inche gabbana kerana ambil peduli (sharing is caring!) :)

gabbana 23/11/2010, 11:44  

uhm, tapi kan yaan, itulah situasinya hari ini. anak2 pulak jadi boss, mak bapak yang jadi bibik! sedih tgk mak bapak sanggup buat apa sahaja untuk kebahagiaan anak2, tp anak sume mcm lipan aje perangai! huh.

buruh kasar 23/11/2010, 14:56  

uwaaa.... mmg sedih anak zaman sekarang(kita la tue)
mak abah susah2 sekolahkan kite,sampai accident nak hantar asrama..pastu bila kite dah keje... setakat 100 pun xleh nak hulur every month..nak jenguk... mengira hari gaji..nak call..tunggu ade hal2 penting mcm nak beli keta ker...
owh sungguh memalukan diri~ nekad utk ubah perangai xelok camni...
at least if x dpt hulur byk pun,beli beras bwk balik umah pun ok..maklumlah keje buruh jer...

gabbana 23/11/2010, 15:56  

buruh kasar: alhamdulillah, jom kita sama2 ubah! ;)

kita ni selalu take things for granted. bila dah takde baru nak menyesal, baru nak rindu, baru nak sayang.. jgn sampai jadi mcm tu kat kita nnt..! TT__TT

wayfarer 28/11/2010, 03:48  

salam wrt, minta copy paste ye cerita ni...

gabbana 28/11/2010, 21:37  

sila sila wayfarer.;) selagi mana ia boleh manfaatkan sesiapa sahaja yg membacanya, sila sebar2kan.. ^^

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