October 8, 2011

A million Croaking Frogs

An old friend of mine e-mailed me this story which I cannot resist telling you.

The story goes like this : "A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked that man where he could get so many frog legs.

So the restaurant owner and the farmer came to an agreement - the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.

The first week, the farmer turned up at the restaurant looking rather sheepish. In a box he carried were just two scrawny little frogs.

The restaurant owner was disappointed. He said, "Well.... where are the rest of the frogs ?"

The farmer said in a low voice, "I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they were making a lot of noise, I thought there were a million of them!"

This story is a good one and reminds me of students who worry excessively or come to the wrong set of conclusions based on very little evidence.

If you hear somebody criticizing you or telling you that you are going to fail the whole SPM examination just because your marks for Mathematics or Bahasa Malaysia slipped a little, be reminded that it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs.

Yes, problems always seen bigger in the dark. They loom large and horrible, don't they ?

But, before you worry yourself sick, get up in the morning, face facts and feel the sun on your face! Learn the truth before you make any major conclusions!

As a students, you are bound to worry and be anxious about your upcoming examination. Still, keep a clear head about you. How many of your worries are REAL worries ? How many of them exist only in your imagination? How many are just small worries that have becoming too big for words in your mind ?

That is why, before you decided to worry yourself silly, do turn to an older friend, you parents, a sister, a teacher you like or a school counselor.

Talk about you worries to them. Get their objective and wise opinion. People who do not share the same set of worries are the best ones to turn to help. Don't discuss your worries with you own classmates. They are bound to agree that they hear a MILLION frogs croaking too when there are only two !

SPM may be your major source of anxiety this year but one day, when you are in Form Six or have started doing your A-levels at a college, you might look back and wonder what wall the fuss about SPM was.

It's just a stepping stone to your future. So, you  shouldn't worry so much that you can't perform well in the end.

You need a cool approach to problems and if you are worrywart, please get help from someone who will be able to say this to you.

"My dear, I only see two frogs and not a million ! "

Yes, adopt the philosophy in the Lion King -Hakuna Matata- don't worry , be happy.

In my book of teaching, it is far better if you are concerned about problem, rather than one who worries about them endlessly. When you concerned, it means that you care about the outcome and will seek a solution or get help to resolve your problems.

For instance, studying positively, actively and regularly is an affirmative action but worrying about not studying and feeling guilty about it is not.

p/s: Just sharing with you guys :) I copy this from FOKUS SPM. Good luck for those taking SPM this year. :D

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