Felt that I learnt some important lessons in the past few days…
Lesson No. 1 – Gratitude
Some of my kids came back to get their results yesterday. Most of them did well and I’m so happy for them. But what really made my day was that many of them came to look for me to say thank you. I am not hankering after the words of thanks or praise, but I’m glad that what I constantly taught them about gratitude have sunk in. I really wish them all the best and hopefully, when they are high achievers later, they will always remember what I have always been telling them – no matter how well you’re doing, always be humble and always be grateful to people who have helped you in one way or another. 🙂
I’ve always believed that it is not entirely the fault of the child when they do wrong. It probably is because they were just not taught what they should have been taught. And it is the job of us adults to teach them the right things, to inculcate the right values in them.
Lesson No. 2 – Everything belongs to our Heavenly Father
Had some encounter with some people wanting to claim their benefits. They felt that it was their “entitlement” and “rights”. I am strongly against the idea of wanting to always max out whatever benefits you have. I know there are people who think that I’m stupid for not calculating right down to the very minute details, but that’s me. I don’t like people who will calculate everything and make sure that they don’t lose out. I always feel that if you gain something small now, you will lose something big later.
Honestly, this word “entitlement” and “rights” irks me. I hate it when people say “It’s my entitlement.” But at the same time, it reminds me of an important lesson – everything in this world belongs to our Heavenly Father. There is nothing in this world that I can call my own, because everything is given to me by my Heavenly Father. He has put me there and given me things for me to manage, not for me to own. Many years ago, my uncle shared this with me. He said that whatever God takes away from him, he will just give it up and thank God for once letting him manage it. Many years down the road, I feel that what he said makes sense. And I pray that everyday I will be reminded that I own nothing in this world. Rather I must put in my best to manage things well. 🙂