My daughter, Ruchi, did an outstanding job with her grades in the first semester of her freshman year in high school. We wanted to reward her tenacity, perseverance, and results. When we asked her what she wanted, she requested a langa, an Indian dress outfit.

My wife helped her pick one out and make the necessary arrangements. The langa arrived from India in about three weeks. Ruchi is so proud to be Indian-born and looks for opportunities to demonstrate her heritage.

The langa was a win on multiple fronts. Ruchi had the satisfaction of a new addition to her wardrobe. We, of course, enjoy buying her beautiful, Indian clothes. And there was the tangible acknowledgment of her hard work and achievements.

What might you do to reward yourself or someone you love for a well-executed effort?


“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
Amelia Earhart