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Learn To Appreaciate

Updated on November 23, 2011

How the topic came abroad

It wasn't long ago when I was sitting in literature class, lost in my conundrum about the vague meaning of the phrase "yellow smoke" in T.S. Eliot's poem, when a couple of my classmates raised their hands and contended that the "yellow smoke" resembles either a cat or a dog. Of course, they were right and I was wrong. What do you expect? Almost half of my class mates plan to attend Harvard, Yale, or Duke Universities. But for me...I guess I am not that smart.

A bunch of nerds- I thought. They have absolutely no lives. But then, I decided to take a different approach. Maybe they are geniuses, who knows? Maybe these "nerds" will change the world. In a couple of moments, I was lost in a day dream of what each of my classmates might do for this world.

So why should we appreciate?

Do you know who you're sitting next to? Almost all of the extraordinary people out there started out in life like you and I. And some of them, might have seemed like "losers" at the start of their journeys, but now they are the most notable humans in society. For example, Steve Jobs dropped out after his first semester in college; for us, we might have called him a "failure" during that time, but nope, we would have been wrong because of course now, Steve Jobs has changed the world!

So, never doubt those sitting around you like I did in literature class. Who knows? I might be sitting next to the future Steve Jobs. Next to the future president. In front of the next Angelina Jolie. Maybe behind the future Albert Einstein. Who knows? I might be sitting right in front of the future wanted serial killer.

And who knows? You might be sitting next to a coming genius...or you might be one yourself! Therefore, appreciate others and yourself no matter what.

You are time-bounded

The people you meet, the people you see, are not going to stay with you forever. You go through school for a period of time, and leave those you met to thrive in their lives. One day, you might turn on the television and realise that your class mate in middle school, for example, is now on the verge of winning the next presidential election. I don't know about you, but if such an incident happened to me, I would slap myself on the head and say "Daang...I wish I knew him better!" Therefore, other than appreciating others, we should all thrive to meet new people because who knows what they can do in their lives afterwards?

It's a give-and-take part of life

Psychology proves that almost at all times, you will be treated similar to the way you treat others. Therefore, if you show appreciation to those around you, most likely, they will appreciate and respect you. Why is that important? This is important because people around us, make us who we are. I asked "why should we appreciate others?" on Hub pages and a hubber answered my question marvelously. cat on a soapbox said that even those who seem like unlikeable individuals have a hand in sculpting us by either teaching us tolerance or compassion. And that is absolutely true. Imagine if the world was composed of all benign individuals who are nice to each other, how would we learn basic traits like: trust, mistrust, compassion, tolerance, patience, and the list goes on. Therefore, appreciation towards every human-kind, whether kind or unkind, is crucial for the development of yourself and of society.

Appreciation is a substantial part of life. Of course, I am not saying appreciate serial killers, robbers, or molesters. But we shall appreciate those around us because such appreciation will impact our development as humans, and in general, our development as a society. The aspects of the importance of appreciation are not bounded by this hub, rather, I just intended to share the thoughts that floated through my mind on a boring day in literature class. If you have taken the time to stop and read this hub, I appreciate your indescribable kindness to do so. Thanks!


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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 14 months ago from Kenya

      You are right. No matter what we should appreciate others because one way our another they impact our lives, decisions, choices, lessons in a thousands ways.

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      LailaK 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Rdcast, I appreciate your comment! Yes, I agree God put us here for a reason.

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      rdcast 6 years ago from God's Green Earth

      Our souls manifest as it will. The down trodden, those of low self esteem, depressed and even the victim wanna-bees, all miss their calling. That being Kings. If they could see what I see, yet more importantly, what God sees in them. The majestic cosmos of each and every soul, still the soul manifests as it will. I would give them the life changing understanding of that wonderful likeness of God, the "I Am" that cries to witness deep in their conscience of their true Heavenly Worth. I'm sure they would at least smile.

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      LailaK 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hey Debbie, thank you soo much for visiting this hub and commenting :)

      rdcast, I totally see your point and yes I think that we are all valuable in a certain fashion for something exceptional that we have inside of us. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting :)

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      rdcast 6 years ago from God's Green Earth

      I've heard countless sermons warn of all the souls that will be sent into hell fire on judgement day. Of course, these messages are generally followed by the passing around of the offering plate. I've always been suspicious of fire and brimstone preachers. Yes, God's Holy Word talks about the consequences of sin, but Jesus Christ's power of redemption is for us all and His assurance that He is unwilling to lose any of His lost sheep is not a play on words.

      Having a subliminal image of hell as overflowing with damned souls is enough to taint the spirit with gloom and doom. I happen to believe God doesn't want this in our hearts. Earlier this year, I realized that I've never met anyone who I believed was going to hell. With that, I began seeing everyone around me as developing souls for glory and more valuable than could be imagined. What a huge difference this has made in my outlook for life. This new perspective I now have is much more dynamic. Knowing that Jesus Christ is working in the lives of Kingdom bound souls all around me, is inspiring to no end. So I connect with this hub in real time and I thank you for the opportunity for expressing these thoughts.

      May we all pay close attention to Jesus Christ, with unwavering hearts filled with His love.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I appreciate you for writing this.. You are write what if we are sitting beside the next president or the next big star. wow.. how awesome is that?

      great hub

      voted up


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      LailaK 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you!

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I like your input. Smart girl!

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      LailaK 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I agree with you :) Thanks a lot for stopping by, commenting, and following me. I have to admit that I do not get the time to write much due to school, but I really hope that you enjoy reading some of the things I post.

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      Dreamer at heart 6 years ago from Northern California

      This is a very fine hub. I enjoyed reading it. True we should take a moment to check our perception of those around us!

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      LailaK 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Learner365, I appreciate your stopping by! Thank you very much for your valuable comment :)

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      Saadia A 6 years ago

      I am here to appreciate your Hub.You have very nicely presented the need of appreciation and i totally agree with you that we must try to encourage and support what we find good.

      Vote up and useful!!!