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An Old Crab said to her son, “Why do you walk sideways like that, my son? You ought to walk straight.”
The Young Crab replied, “Show me how; dear mother, and I’ll follow your example.” The Old Crab tried, but tried in vain, and then saw how foolish she had been to find fault with her child.
Example is better than precept.
Next Story: The Dog and His Master
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|sideways||[‘saɪdweɪz]||в сторону||de lado||बग़ल में||側身|
|that||[ðæt]||Который, тот, то||ese||उस||那|
|Reply (replied)||[rɪ’plaɪ]||Ответить||respuesta||जवाब दे दो||回复|
|follow||[‘fɔləu]||следовать||seguir||का पालन करें||跟隨|
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There has been a positive and happy trend happening with our local Khmer volunteers and teachers in rural Siem Reap… having babies! This joyful event certainly has the ability to cheer everyone up. One glance into the gorgeous baby’s smile, our worries seem to fade away.
Congratulations to Nika, principal of Chea Smonn Secondary school, who just welcomed baby Phi Run to her family. I recently visited Nika at their home and got into a conversation not only about her first child but also looking forward to 2020! What an insightful conversation we had and here is to share:
2019 was a big year for Nika as well as PeopleStories. I wondered what Nika’s highlights were and she openly shared, “To close 2019, I was so happy to welcome my baby to the family! You know, we have been trying to have a baby for almost 3 years and we finally have Phi Run now and I am so happy!”. She looked at baby Phea Ron intensively and continued to share, “As for Chea Smonn School, I was delighted to have the support from PeopleStories.
We built a new office for the teachers where they can work on lesson plans etc and we also furbished a library for students to read. The students really love going into the library!”.
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There is no doubt that 2019 was a busy and productive year for Chea Smonn school which is similar to the role of a new mother looking after her baby. All effort is spent to provide the best environment for growth. I was keen to learn from Nika about the priorities this year and she thought about it for a moment then said, “ Besides the current school ground project, I would like to see improvement to the teacher’s skills.
I believe quality of learning is very important for the students and education overall. So teachers are the critical factor to successful education.”
Nika is a huge believer in education and she already has plans to get Phi Run educated once he is ready. On the other hand, I was interested to learn about her perspectives on education across different generations. She shared, “Before Pol Pot, teachers were powerful and earned good salary. My mother also went to school!” A huge spark in her eyes when Nika was looking at her mother who is in her 70’s. Growing up as a single parent and being the only child, I can feel their strong bond.
Nika continued, “The period after Pol Pot, which was my generation, education became very hard. There were schools and teachers but the quality of education was very low. Families were so poor and they could not afford to send their children to schools.”
Personally, I absolutely could relate to her comments as I have seen first-hand so many families are still living in poverty today in rural Cambodia.
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WEAKNESS OR STRENGTH?
Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength. Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
The boy began lessons with an old Japanese Judo Master Sensei. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,” the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”
“This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the Sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.
Several months later, the Sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match.
Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out.
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He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the Sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament.
He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and Sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”
“You won for two reasons,” the Sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of Judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength.
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In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done and It was not practical. It had never been done before.
Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.
Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build theirdream bridge.
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The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk or talk or even move.
“We told them so.” “Crazy men and their crazy dreams.” “It’s foolish to chase wild visions.” Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built. In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever.
He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task. As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.
It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife.
He touched his wife’s arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do.
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It seemed foolish but the project was under way again. For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife’s arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated bycircumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world.
It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do. Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal.
Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are. Even the most distant dream can be realized with determination and persistence.