A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked,'
"Have you received a scholarship for school?" The boy replied, "No".
'It was your father who paid for your studies? '' Yes.' He replied.
'Where does your father work? ' 'My father is a Blacksmith'
The Director asked the young man to show him his hands.
The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.
'Have you ever helped your parents at their job? '
'Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me.
The director said:
'I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.'
The young man felt his chance to get the job was high.
When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash his hands.
His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed his
hands to his son. The young man washed his hands, little by little. It
was the first time that he noticed his father's hands were wrinkled and
they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin
shuddered when he touched them.
This was the first time that
the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work
every day to be able to pay for his studies. The bruises on the hands
were the price that his father payed for his education, his school
activities and his future.
After cleaning his father's hands
the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the
workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.
The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.
The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when He asked him,
'Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?'
The boy replied: 'I washed my father's hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop.'
'Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my
parents, I would not be who I am today. By helping my father I now
realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have
come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping my family.
The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to
hire someone who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows
the hardship others go through to accomplish things, and a person who
realizes that money is not his only goal in life".
'You are hired'.
A child that has been coddled, protected and given everything he or she
wants, develops a mentality of "I have the right" and will always put
himself or herself first, ignoring the efforts of parents, family and
friends. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing
love or are we helping to destroy our children?
You can give
your child their own room in a big house, good food, a computer, tablet,
cell phone, and a big screen TV, but when you're washing the floor or
painting a wall, children need to experience that too.
eating, have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters, let
them fold laundry or cook with you, pull weeds or mow the lawn. You are
not doing this because you are poor and can't afford help. You are doing
this because you love them and want them to understand certain things
Children need to learn to appreciate the amount of
effort it takes to do a job right. They need to experience the
difficulties in life that people must overcome to be successful and they
must learn about failure to be able to succeed.
also learn how to work and play with others and that they will not
always win, but they can always work harder to reach their goals. If
they've done their best, then they can take pride in all the effort they
Life is about giving and serving and these qualities are taught in our homes.
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