When doing something that is very difficult but worth doing, there comes a pivotal moment when “doubt” and “quitting” enter the mind. Many of you have been in these situations. Maybe, you are thinking of those difficult classes that you may be taking now. I can remember asking my counselor to get me out of AP World History when I was in 10th grade. I’m thankful she didn’t. I ended up earning a ‘B’ and it wasn’t easy. The truth is that you WILL experience resistance when you are trying to accomplish an important goal. If your high school experience is too easy and without challenge, then there is a possibility that you aren’t ready for college. You don’t want that. Being that many of you would like to go to college, you need to allow tough challenges in high school to prepare you for the next level.
Think about the time when Lumberjacks actually used an ax to chop down a tree. Could you imagine having to chop down a tree in order to build a fire for your survival in the woods? Your stamina would be OK after the first few swings. After a while, you start to tire and it seems as if your swings are less effective. This is the pivotal moment. Do you quit trying or do you continue to pursue the goal? I find it interesting that the moment a lumberjack is most tired is when they are so close to bringing the tree down. The same is true with your education. Whenever times get tough, you need to keep swinging. This is also known as persistence. You must not let yourself be dismayed every time you meet a challenge that seems impossible. Keep this in mind as you begin the new semester.
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)