Little CJ went through months and months of failure, but he didn't give up, and finally was able to bring home a loaf of Dr Pet's home made bread. Little Princess A didn't complain when I refused to mark her composition because it was not properly done. She went and improved it. Little T and Little E, a pair of twins, I am proud of you. So proud! Your mother went on Facebook to boast that you COMPLETED the work, even though it needed 9 hours of effort. Little B, who has decided NOT to play anymore computer games (and asked his Mommy to buy fish oil) so that he can do better compositions for Dr Pet, I am proud of you too. However, you must speak KINDLY to your friends, or I will get angry again. Also, my little B, please learn NOT TO SNATCH. Little Z (who broke my iPad) has done work that amazed his Mother. Little V and Little I, whose work I rejected THREE times, persisted and delivered. Then, there is Little A, who came this close to being asked to go and find another Teacher because Dr Pet despaired of being able to teach him anything.
I have not mentioned the other children for whom the IMPOSSIBLE GOAL was merely only difficult. I have mentioned my poorest little ones - those who started from the lowest base. To achieve what the other stronger writers achieved, these poorest little ones put in superhuman effort.
It is THIS EFFORT I honour and celebrate.
Children, in having achieved an IMPOSSIBLE GOAL, may you now understand that nothing is impossible if you are determined enough to complete it. If you don't give up, there is a chance you will succeed. If you decide to give up, there is zero chance of success.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
- Anonymous -