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Happy Teacher’s Day: A Tribute to a Teacher!

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A Tribute to a Teacher!: So, here’s a question that I have pondered over in one form or another on earlier occasions, but that question is so probing that I ask it again and again. Think! Harder! Carefully!

What would the world be like without teachers?

In my quest to find an accurate answer this time, my indomitable spirit took me to a story I once encountered as a 14-year-old boy. It goes like this:

One businessman was in debt and couldn’t see a way out. Creditors were putting pressure on him. Suppliers demanded payment. He was on a bench in the park with his head down, contemplating what may save the company from bankruptcy. An elderly man suddenly appeared in front of him.

– I see you’re bothered by something, he remarked.

After hearing the businessman, the old man stated:

– I believe I can assist you.

He asked the businessman his name, handed him a cheque, and said:

– Please accept this money. We’ll meet here exactly one year from now, and you’ll be able to return it to me then.

He then turned around and vanished just as quickly. The businessman saw a cheque in his hands for the amount of 500 thousand dollars, signed by John Rockefeller, one of the richest people in the world at that time! ‘I could end all of my problems in no time!’ – He thought.

But instead, the businessman decided to put the cheque into his safe. Only one thought about its existence gave him the strength to find a solution to save his business.
With the return of his optimism, he concluded profitable deals. During a couple of months, he got out of debt and started to earn money again.

Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the same cheque. At the agreed time the old man appeared again. And at the moment, when the businessman wanted to return the cheque and share his story of success, a nurse ran up and grabbed the old man.
– I’m so glad, I caught him! – She exclaimed. – I hope he wasn’t bothering you. He always runs away from the house and tells everyone that he is John Rockefeller.

The businessman was bemused. During the whole year, he was spinning and building a business, buying and selling, convinced that he had half a million dollars. And suddenly he understood that it was not the money, real or imaginary, that turned his life up. His new confidence and belief gave him the strength to achieve everything he had now.

This is not a normal story because it might not apply to everyone but is relevant to all of us. A story of the power of belief and this belief is what this world would lack without teachers. Our teachers taught us to believe in ourselves.  A teacher is the greatest resource for a student, an embodiment of truth, a role model of discipline, and a pillar of strength.

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