Many students are overwhelmed by the things they have to do in middle/high school. This is not completely a negative thing because they realize the importance of school and how it can impact the rest of their life. However, being overwhelmed can result in paralysis. Paralysis is a bad thing. Sadly, I have seen students simply give up because they think they will never be able to do everything they need to do. If this is you, please pay close attention.
Have you ever really studied a brick wall? If not, you should. With a quick glance, you will notice a solid structure able to sustain a lot of weight. But look closely and you will see that the typical size of one brick is about 3″ wide and 7″ in height and length. The bricks aren’t connected. Instead, they are held together by a mixture called mortar. Each brick laid represents a small step towards the goal. Laying a brick is easy. It’s a small job. But the effort needs to be big because you can’t stop there. After one brick is laid, the builder makes sure that the brick is perfectly aligned with the rest. He carefully measures to make sure it is right. After the mortar is applied, he removes the excess mortar so that it doesn’t overshadow the brick. He repeats these steps until the wall is built.
Notice, that the wall isn’t built in one motion. Instead, it requires many small jobs completed over a period of time in order to make a solid structure. You can do the same if you just remain consistent in everything you do. The small things do add up to make a huge difference. Remember this the next time you are faced with a big challenge.
Marvin Byrd (c/o 98)