Story of appreciation !

I recently received this in an email and thought I would share it with those who have not yet seen it.

Please read. This is a powerful message in our modern society. We seemed to have lost our bearing & our sense of direction.

**Story of Appreciation**

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “none”.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked: ” Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said,

Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today.

Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done.

Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to be my manager.
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?*

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

You would have forwarded many mails to many and many of them would have back mailed you too…but try and forward this story to as many as possible…this may change somebody’s fate…

Cecelia Bennett


When Political Fantasy Meets Economic Reality

By Claude Clarke.

Nine months after it was swept into office on a promise to solve Jamaica’s unemployment problems with jobs by the ‘JEEP-load’, we are left to wonder if the PNP’s message is about to outstrip the JLP’s ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ mantra of 2007 as the epitome of empty election promises.


Bill Clarke the former president of the Jamaica Bankers Association and the head of Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica a few years ago, described Jamaica as a failed state.

Bill Clarke may have been a wee bit premature, or was he able to see what was coming years before it actually did ?

When the Minister of National Security as well as other members of the government joins a NATIONAL PROTEST against crime in this country, its admission that we have or very close to becoming a failed state.

It’s the job of the Minister as well as his other legislators to  enact laws that protect us against these MONSTERS. Instead he and all those sitting at Gordon House ( and I am including the opposition members) have wasted years, by failing to bringing into law, measures required to protect ordinary Jamaicans from criminal elements of the Jamaican society, while enacting laws to ensure they, the parliamentarians are insulated from the barbarism  that take place in the country.

What are some of  the attributes of a failed state.

Jamaica today given a WARNING status on the failed state index, which is suggesting we are just on the brink of becoming a failed state and as the index shows.

Rank of failed states

Is Jamaica a failed state?

The signs are there and unless we collectively decide to take a stand regardless of the “side” we support, we surely will move from WARNING to declaration of a failed state.


I am still angry, upset and in a militant move after that horrific story broke on the rape of 5 females in Irwin Point, St Evil ( St James). Just when you think Jamaica has sunk to its lowest, here we have cockroaches to sink the image of the country further. To the cops I say, please interview the man of the house quickly, I am almost 100% sure his information can lead to the quick capture of these vermins. I am too angry to write more on what occurred as I am sick to the stomach.

To the minister of National Security, sir I know you and the police CANNOT prevent every crime , because you all cannot be everywhere at the same time, but here is what this blog and Jamaica wants.

Rape is up close and personal and in that process a lot of DNA evidence is always left behind.

We need DNA legislation and a DNA profile kept of everyone ever arrested of rape and or molestation , whether or not they have been convicted in the courts. This piece of legislation must be passed by the house (if its not there already) by the end of November. We need green paper and white paper and final legislation rushed even if it means our legislators must work 20 hrs per day including weekend to get it do.

There has been far too much talk and Bullshit in the country, its time to take Jamaica back from these animals posing as humans, raping,  maiming and killing our kids and adults,  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

To the JUDGES :  Lets not have a repeat of the MADNESS that occurred recently, where a man( hmm, man ?) who was convicted of the rape, abduction, attempted MURDER and taking steps to conceal a body was given a slap on the wrist in terms of his sentencing. That case in my mind was one of the worst sentencing I have ever seen in this country.

I don’t care who suggest that I am not a lawyer or a judge, Iknow that, but when we let a animal off the hook after such a henious crime, what message do you think that sends to the public?

To the human rights group I say, I hear you, I support your views, no to mob killing, no to extrajudicial killings, but do NOT Dare ATTEMPT to stop this DNA legislation in the name of “protecting” animals rights, sorry human rights.


The big question for me today, will Jamaicans hold our elected representative accountable and ensure that, what we want, we get in a HURRY. How many Jamaicans will be out there pushing these guys to ensure that something like this happens, what do you think. I think if we apply the pressure it will happen.

Lets begin the campaign today.

We MUST save our WOMEN  !!

Jamaican arrested for double murder in St Maarten


Are we being targeted in these Caribbean Islands or what ? When I heard an American couple was murdered in St Maarten over the weekend, I silently prayed that it would not have been a Jamaican, who would have been arrested for this  crime.

I cannot recall in the last 5yrs of not seeing a Jamaican being deported from the French/Dutch Island on every flight I have been on during the period. Its gotten so bad, that now Jamaicans need a visa to travel through the island, a USA visa is accepted.

I will not pass any judgement on this persons who have been arrested and will allow the law to run its course.

What’s up the LNG Project ?

The Sunday Gleaner yesterday reported that the government would soon be releasing a statement indicating the much talked about LNG project would have been abandoned. I actually celebrated this move, because I felt the government had NO business in this project in the first place and it should have been solely a private sector initiave.

Today,NNN reported that Jamaica will have an LNG project and that the Minister would be making such an announcement next Monday in this regard.  The “well placed source” indicated that the plan is be different from the original plan but , Jamaica will indeed have a LNG project.

Now it appears the government will be allowing the JPS to setup their own LNG project, which will supply the needs of their US$360M and also sell LNG to the bauxite sector.

This is my opinion will be a good move, this project should have always been a private sector initiave from the very beginning. The sad thing is this project was touted as the solution to our energy problem and after ten years and close to $1b of expenditure, which included two tenders, engagement of two sets of consultants and numbers meeting, we are about to do the correct thing.

How as a country can we prevent this kind of waste in the future, when it can be clearly seen that projects like these should never involve the expenditure of tax payers money.

Here is the NNN report.

Councillors defend all inclusive weekend ” Getaway” !

Moronic comment of the month.

” I don’t know how much it cost, but I believe we got value for money”.

Jamaican Politician.

“When I first heard the brouhaha, I wondered if the gentleman was living in oblivion. His argument is porous and pointless,” said Phillips.

“It is indeed value for money. I believe this experience is invaluable and the municipality will be better for it,” she added.

This really sums up the lack of direction, clarity and focus that exist  in Jamaica today. Given all the “bitter” medicine we all have to take, these Councillors spent based on my calculations over $2m so they can ” enhance revenue collections”.

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