Grateful or Entitled

December 1, 2014 9:55 PM

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With the holidays around the corner, and Thanksgiving just passed, my thoughts go back to the day when I had an interesting conversation with one of my students. I lived in Dubai, and this child came from a very very rich family. I was talking about the importance of gratitude in our lives when this young boy with big expressive eyes raised his hand. I said, "Yes, do you have a question?" and the reply just totally shocked me. "Ms. Tami, why should we always be grateful? Is it wrong to want a lot more? Isn't that why we are born, to better our life? Look at scientists and astronauts who discover or invent things that are unknown. If they stayed content with what they had, we would still live in caves." What an entitled child, I thought.

I was totally shocked and was speechless for about a minute. Then I pulled out my teacher logic and gave that whole lecture about we still should be grateful for everything. My student rolled his eyes and just didn't argue anymore.

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