STORY CORNER: The importance of working hard

As children we are told every time both at home and school to work hard in our everyday activities and it comes with the old saying that ‘you reap what you sow’.
Pupils during a school debate. Working hard helps you to learn more and become smarter. / Dennis Agaba.
Pupils during a school debate. Working hard helps you to learn more and become smarter. / Dennis Agaba.

As children we are told every time both at home and school to work hard in our everyday activities and it comes with the old saying that ‘you reap what you sow’.

There is a story I read long time that I believe teaches the importance of working hard. Once upon a time, two friends called Harry and Garry came to a city to earn money. They went to a rich merchant for a job. The merchant gave each of them a cane basket and pointing towards a well in his garden said, “Take these baskets and draw water from the well till dusk.”

Harry thought it foolish to draw water in a cane basket. So, he slept. On the other hand, Garry kept working. After few hours, when he drew the basket up, he saw some gold coins in the basket.

He took them to the merchant who rewarded him and gave him a job too. Harry went away ashamed.

Moral of the story: Work hard and never give up. There are always rewards for extra efforts.

By Jessy Kalisa

The writer is a 13-year-old, grade five student

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