Honour Best Efforts Over Achievement

38,808 primary school pupils received their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results yesterday morning, and many others students have received their year-end examination results in recent week.

There would be students who are satisfied with their results as they have done better than expected, and others who feel like they have failed because they did not do as well as others.

As mentioned in our earlier blog, we have to be a people who honour best efforts more than achievement. We have to stand by everyone who tries according to what their talents and abilities allow them to be.

This Straits Times article, “Helping children choose life, not death”, which was published in the papers yesterday, highlighted the need for parents to have the “courage and resolve to go against the grain and do what is better for your child.”

In the same Straits Times article, Psychologist Daniel Koh from Insights Mind Centre highlighted the ned for parents to show their child that they are loved and accepted unconditionally so that the child can “confidently speak to his parents and feel safe and secure as well as supported.”

In addition, “communication with children has to go beyond their studies and results”, and the “focus must be on helping them be resilient when things don’t go their way.”

And as mentioned in this other blog that we had published, the real challenge for all of us is not to win the prize…but to be the best that we can be and to give the best that we can every day despite our  challenges and circumstances.

And as we try our best each and every day, may we be encouraged by this song by Shakira, “Try Everything” (see lyrics below) and have the courage to start again when we fail or mess up.

We lose if we don’t try.

We win just by trying our best.

 

“Try Everything” by Shakira

I messed up tonight
I lost another fight
I still mess up but I’ll just start again
I keep falling down
I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up now to see what’s next
Birds don’t just fly
They fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Till I reach the end
And then I’ll start again
Though I’m on the lead
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Till I reach the end
And then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

Oh oh oh oh
Try everything
Oh oh oh oh
Try everything
Oh oh oh oh
Try everything
Oh oh oh oh

Look how far you’ve come
You filled your heart with love
Baby you’ve done enough that cut your breath
Don’t beat yourself up
Don’t need to run so fast
Sometimes we come last but we did our best

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Till I reach the end
And then I’ll start again
Though I’m on the lead
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Till I reach the end
And then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave
I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though I could fail

I’ll keep on making those new mistakes
I’ll keep on making them every day
Those new mistakes

Oh oh oh oh
Try everything
Oh oh oh oh
Try everything
Oh oh oh oh
Try everything
Oh oh oh oh

Try everything…

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