Learn to Appreciate

Appreciation are few words of praise which can enhance anybody’s confidence and lack of appreciation puts you down, low in confidence.

Everybody wants appreciation. Appreciation boosts us to achieve our goal. Learn to appreciate good in others you will definitely become good.

Once upon a time, there was a man who was very helpful, kind-hearted, and generous. He was a man who would help anyone without any motive. He would help anyone because he wanted to and he loved to. One day while walking on a dusty road, this man saw a purse, so he picked it up and noticed that the purse was empty. Suddenly a woman with a policeman showed up and got him arrested.

The woman kept asking him about the money he hid, but the man replied, ‘It was empty when I found it, Mam’. The woman yelled at him, “Please give it back. It’s for my son’s fees.” The man noticed that the woman was really sad, so he handed all his money. He could see that the woman was a single mother. The man said, “Take this; sorry for the inconvenience”. The woman left and the policeman held the man for further questioning.

The woman was very happy but when she counted her money later, it was double and she was shocked. One day while the woman was going to the school to pay her son’s school fees, she noticed that the same skinny man was walking behind her. She thought that he may rob her, so she approached a policeman standing nearby. He was the same policeman, whom she took along to inquire about her purse. The woman told him about the man following her, but suddenly they saw that man collapsing. They ran towards him, and saw that he was that same man who they arrested a few days ago for stealing the purse.


He looked very weak. The policeman and the woman were confused. The policeman said to the woman, “He didn’t return your money but he gave you his own money that day. He wasn’t the thief but hearing about your son’s school fees, he felt sad and gave you his money.” Later, they helped man stand up, and the man told the woman, “Please go ahead and pay your son’s school fees. I saw you and followed you to be sure that no one steals your son’s school fees again. The woman was speechless.


Moral: Life gives you strange experiences. Sometimes it shocks you and sometimes it may surprise you. We end up making wrong judgments or mistakes in our anger, desperation and frustration. However when you get a second chance, correct you mistakes and return the favor. Be kind and generous. Learn to appreciate what you have been given.

Dr. Abbas Vakil

Parent of Mahdi Reza Vakil (Grade 9)

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