Elsa Franco Al Ghaslan
Sunday 1 July 2012
Last Update 2 July 2012 5:33 pm
When a human being is very young, he (or she) needs a hand to help him move his first steps. He looks for it because he unconsciously knows that a support will be helpful for the task he is undertaking. If you break a leg (but let’s hope it won’t happen, though!) the doctor will not only put a cast on it, he will also provide you with crutches to assist you in your attempts to resume walking. Support is indispensable whenever it is deemed necessary. Without it, progress or improvement will be made much more difficult.
This said, what does an individual need in order to start living an adult life, to be capable of facing the challenges he will certainly find along the way? He needs the “means” to discover, understand, and devise the best path to follow in making his personal choices. Such means can be provided by knowledge. What kind of knowledge? Any kind. Studying, reading books, talking and listening to people, traveling or simply looking around. Not only people but also (and perhaps mainly) nature can be wonderful teachers.
Observing other people’s behaviors, beside watching the unfolding of life all around you, can provide you with an always-increasing amount of good lessons, all worth of being pondered upon and taken into serious consideration.
Therefore the foundation of the knowledge that you learned in your younger years (and that you may even keep being presented with) is essential to get you started on your “journey” and keep you on it. It is the gear you need. But this can only be of help in carrying out your project, it cannot execute it for you.
Once you are well equipped with boots, ropes and nails, you are ready to start climbing a high mountain. But the actual climbing is your own task, no one can take your place. Both knowledge and practical means give you trust in your capabilities. Nevertheless later, when you have learned what you need to know, when you have acquired enough self-confidence, you need not be afraid or doubtful any more. On the contrary, you are ready to realize that it’s a must for you to forget about the old “crutches” you used to lean on, because they are needed no more.
And do not accept mediocrity! As long as you do not dare to go ahead and beyond your perceived limitations, you will never know what you are capable of achieving. If you keep waiting for additional support to lean on, or wish for an always present helping hand for you to grasp, your progress will be slow. Only if you trust yourself, will you be able to march on with a steady step and, in front of a crossroad, will you immediately devise which direction to choose.
Even if you make a mistake, it does not really matter. Somebody wisely said: “It is better to do something and fail than do nothing and do it well.” Each lesson you learn, each step you take — no matter how small — are useful bricks in the construction of your destiny. Just try to understand the cause of your mistake — what you did wrong and why — and do your best to correct your behavior, or attitude, or belief. That is ALL you need to do.
As in this world of ours nobody is perfect (although some may believe they are!), total excellence is not expected. But being aware of your strength toward adversity, of your capabilities in facing the inevitable trials of life are the best support in your daily endeavors. Through study and practical experience, you have gained knowledge. Now you can (and have to) put into practice all that you have learned.
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