Perseverance in Attaining Goals

We have been told numerous stories about famous athletes and how they became successful through setting goals SMARTly. Here, SMART stands for Specific (S), Measureable (M), Attainable (A), Realistic (R) and Timely (T). Mr. Pong reminded us that setting SMART goals was not the end of the successful stories. In order to achieve these goals, one has to persevere in working towards them one by one. We were advised to look to our school motto, “Resolute in Action”, for wisdom. Resolute means determined and unwavering, which captures the spirit of perseverance in face of difficulties. So if you have not yet set your term goals SMARTly, do so without delay. For those who already have clear goals, do not quit them easily. Persevere in attaining your goals and with each little step you take, you are on your way towards being successful.

How Bad Do You Want to Be Successful?

This week, Mr. IU told us the story about a young man who wanted to be successful. The man claimed that he wanted it very badly but he did not know what it meant to yearn for something until the moment he realised he was drowning and struggling to survive. Mr. IU’s speech reminded us that we are not fully engaged with our learning because we did not want to be successful badly enough. We want it but we did not want it badly to the extent that we would be willing to give up our leisure activities or make some sacrifices. It has been more than a month since the beginning of the school term and we are that much closer to success or failure. If you want to be successful badly just as much as you want to breathe, you will be successful.

Be faithful in small things

Our lives are made up of lots of seemingly unimportant small things. While most of us are constantly occupied by “big things”, Brother Joseph shared with us the wisdom of faithfully doing small things, such as greeting someone we meet on a daily basis or picking up a piece of trash on our way to the classroom. Being faithful in these small things adds up to make us matured and successful. Just like the parable quoted by Brother Joseph in the Gospel of Matthew (25: 14-30), your important others in real life, like your future bosses or girlfriends, may judge who you really are through observing your faithfulness in doing small things. So let us be faithful in small things because little things mean a lot.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming soon. Mr. Shing reminded us to do something special for our mothers. Although buying gifts or writing a card is a common practice for some people to express their love and gratitude for their mothers, we could also have small talks with our mothers. Mothers are very interested in knowing more about their children. Topics could be anything from experiences to worries and career. Students could also show more interest about their mothers’ life and take the initiative to ask about her feelings or perspectives.

Mr. Shing also suggested the boys making a ‘Thank you’ list and recording the things that their mothers have done for them. For those who seldom express appreciation to their mothers, this annual event is a chance for us to show our love and care.

Vocation: Marist Brother

In the morning assembly, Brother John shared his vocation and reason of being a Marist Brother. Being a Christian requires daily commitment, generosity, selflessness, openness, and perseverance. He became a Brother at a young age because he received God’s call and accepted His invitation that would lead him on a path to happiness and fulfillment. Brother John received support and guidance from others, especially his uncle who was once a Marist Brother, and eventually he developed a deep attraction to the Brothers’ life.

With his religious and educational experience, Brother John became a Teaching Brother in a community of French origin. He felt that God had everything planned and controlled for him. Brother John was grateful and pleased with his life. The rich experiences, sense of belonging, large social network, and the joy of being with the young kept him being a Brother and devoted to his mission. He reminded us to believe in God and hand over everything to Him when things get tough. God will help us get through problems and lead us the right way. He encouraged the boys to take up the challenge on becoming a Marist Brother one day and dedicate their life for the juvenile.

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