This is a powerful message in our
modern society. We seemed to have lost our bearings & our sense of
One, young, academically excellent
person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.
He passed the first interview. The
director who 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. He 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
The director asked, " Where did your
mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother worked as a 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, but with
mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.
The youth cleaned his mother's hands
slowly. His tears fell as he did that. It was the first time he
noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled and that 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 every
day 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
That night, mother and son talked for
a very long time.
Next morning, the youth went to the
The Director noticed the tears in the
youth's eyes and asked, " Can you tell me what you did and learned
yesterday in your house?"
The youth answered, " I cleaned my
mother's hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.'
The Director asked, " Please tell me
The youth said, Number 1, I know now
the meaning of appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the
successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my
mother, only now I 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 in my new 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. Son, 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
A child, who has been over protected
and habitually given whatever he or she wanted, would develop the
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. This kind of person, may be good academically and may be
successful for a while, but eventually would not feel a 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
You can let your kid live in a big
house, eat good meals, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when
you are cutting grass, please let him experience it. After a meal, let
him wash his plates and bowls together with his brothers and sisters.
It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is
because you want to love him in the right way. You want him to
understand, no matter how rich his parents are, one day their hair
will grow grey, same as the mother of that young man . The most
important thing is your kid learned how to appreciate the effort and
experience the difficulty and learned the ability to work with others
to get things done.
Very Touching Story, Thank you Thomas Power.