Each day there will be many things that we will receive as a matter of course and yet we will not truly appreciate these things as the gifts that they really are. There are gifts great and small, there is the gift of a smile, a warm greeting or the gift of somebody who will go out of their way to help you. Throughout life we have received so many gifts; the ability to read is one of them.
Once, at school, I heard a story that was told about a king who said that he would rather be a poor man that could read than a king who couldn't. This ability to read is a most essential skill that most of us possess. Our thanks are due entirely to the efforts of teachers who in our early years at school struggle with us to ensure that we obtained that invaluable skill for life. This fact alone should be enough to acknowledge and respect the teaching profession.
However, the reality is often that teachers not only have to deal with the difficulties of teaching children who can be far from grateful for the time and energy expended on them, but also many parents do not seem to appreciate the enormity of delivering, for the benefit of our children, that package which we refer to as education. A recent newspaper article summed some of the teacher's everyday problems ranging from bad mannered pupils to those that don't even turn up for lessons. I know that there are complex social problems surrounding these issues and often, at root it's not the child's fault. But still, there are people with good cause to give thanks and express appreciation and do not.
My simple point is that gratitude and appreciation for the work of others can go a long way. Life, as we know is not without it's problems and difficulties and everyone, sooner or later will receive their share. But we can make life more bearable for others when we practice the art of appreciation. When was the last time you expressed your appreciation to someone for their efforts on your behalf?
My best wishes as always,