Humility and Appreciation - Welham Boys's School

Humility begins with accepting who we are and what makes us human. As a result, you gain control over your attitude and outlook.

Appreciation is giving something or someone their proper value, and everybody has value.

We practice Humility and Appreciate in our day-to-day lives unknowingly. Consciously, there have been instances where I have tried to incorporate these virtues in the classroom.

One evening, I heard my students crying in the hostel. I was curious to know what had happened that led them to be so upset. So, I asked a few questions and discovered that it was one of the student’s birthdays, and these kids were sent back from the ceremony due to the shortage of cake pieces. So, I decided to discuss it in the classroom the following day. It was essential to address this issue.

As I walked into the class, I wished that student “happy birthday” and asked why I wasn’t invited to the cake-cutting ceremony. That’s when a few other students got up from their seats and said since there was a small cake, even they were uninvited after being invited. As soon as I learned that, I spoke to the birthday boy and explained the importance of a guest and that they should be treated respectfully. 

One should never be uninvited once invited. The student nodded and learnt a new life lesson as he said he felt terrible about doing it. Suddenly, another student got up from his chair, recalling when one of his classmates had given his share of the cake to him when there was a shortage of another piece. I made the whole class stand up and clap for the kid, making a point to appreciate him for the hidden virtue of humility. 

These two incidents strongly impacted the kids and taught them humility and appreciation. This completely changed the perspective of that student whose complaints had no limits. He was one of the naughtiest, most mischievous and troublesome kids. I took away a lesson of never judging a book by its cover. This accurately shows humility, appreciation, and how unnoticeable these virtues are.

- Neelima Parmar, Monika Gupta and Vandana Sahay
Welham Boys’ School

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