A little appreciation can go a long way

School just re-opened recently for me and having met my teachers again, I was pushed to write this post.

You might be the best, or you may just suck. All of that depends on an individual’s perspective. The only thing that can actually be measured is the amount of effort you put in. If you’re working long hours to reach your goal then you’re doing a good job, if you don’t, you’re a slacker. Of course there are always the exceptional ones who put in no effort but get everything right and the unfortunate hard workers who just never do. The progress you make is out of question here, well, at least according to me. The effort deserves appreciation. The extra effort each of us put in, it just shouldn’t go unrewarded.

Consider the life of a student, an average one perhaps. When the kid spends hours on preparing for a chem test or working on an art project at school, irrespective of how the outcome is, he deserves some appreciation for all of his sincere dedication. There will be days which are just plain sucky for him and it was his bad luck that his first day turned out to be a bad one. What happens when the teacher simply tells him he sucks and moves on to the next gullible kid?

He is totally dejected. Tough love might go a long way in certain cases but, so does a little appreciation! Aren’t teachers of all people required to work taking in each kid’s state of mind into consideration? When there are people who bounce back immediately, there are also the fragile one’s who need to be, quite frankly, “handled with care”. I think it’s very unfair, for a kid to loose his heart and just stop trying, all because a teacher endorsed the whole “brutal truth” idea.

Let’s look a little beyond the school zone. At work, in relationships even! When someone tries really hard to please you. You owe them some appreciation. If you’re the boss, even if you aren’t a touchy feely person, giving them a little credit is the practical thing to do, if you want your employees giving it their all.

Sometimes karma or God fail to reward the hard workers, what’s so hard about taking their place once in a while? You might even score some karma points for yourself! There are millions of people out there just yearning for a small compliment, just a little credit, some recognition. With a quick thumbs-up you might just make someones day, even give them the encouragement to work harder and ultimately you might even make their life for them!

All I’m asking you to give is just a little encouragement guys! It’ll go a long, long way!

Ray of hope.

What is the worst feeling in the world? To me, it’s that sickening pit in my stomach when I have 20 chapters of chemistry left to study for an exam the next day! The disappointment at my incapacity. It’s almost intense enough to drown in. I’ve always hated this feeling. It’s the one thing that makes me lose my sense of balance, I know, ironic isn’t it? The girl with no fear (or at least the girl who pretends she has no fear) is scared of tests.

Well it’s not ALL that juvenile if you think about it. 😛 What are tests?  It’s where you prove yourself and “test” your capabilities. So it’s okay to be nervous 😛 if your someone who craves perfection. And almost as if paraphrasing my fear in perhaps a much more dramatic way. I heard little Kal’s voice say, “The world’s too big, Mom”. I swear I almost choked on my food when I saw that sad little kid hiding in the closet. I was watching man of steel. The one movie I swore I’d never watch. But then, procrastinating from studying seemed more important than keeping my word. 😛

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Superman who I hated. Who I referred to as the “nerd who is scared of a green rock” had all my attention. Maybe it was my nervousness, maybe it was because I’ve been thinking a lot about the future lately, but the story of a boy trying to find his place in the world, that was something I could totally relate to.

I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is

– Jonathan Kent

Even a child, alone in a foreign world with no one who even belonged to the same species could find his way when he was given a few words of encouragement. Is that all we need? That helping hand that guides the way when we’re lost. It almost makes you feel, anyone can be superman if they tried. What I loved most about the movie was that superman was no longer the embodiment of perfection. He infact was just another human with every little flaw. The only thing special about him (besides the death ray eyes and the whole hulk strength) was that he wanted to be good. It’s like a subtle message, you can achieve anything as long as there’s a little good in you. Hope. That’s what it gave me.

And of course the striking new additions would be the super hot guy and this New found sense of humour that super man movies seemed to miss all this while. It’s finally helped it fit in with the intimidating line of super heroes today’s cinema offers. Well Mr. Clark, err.. Superman we seem to have had a misunderstanding before 😀 you don’t seem all that bad afterall.

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