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Learn To Appreaciate
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!