Dear fellow Fuchun Family
We begin another year and as it is the new year, many would have made some resolutions. I remember back then when I was a teenager, and when the new year started, I would promise to study harder, get better grades and be a good student. Well, not all the times, throughout the year, I fulfilled those goals but overall, I would say that they were decent.
Then when I became a teacher, I wanted to inspire my classes to love the subjects I taught and my form class to be the best class of the level. Again, not all the times, that happened, but I had students whom I have met, well after leaving the school, to say “Mrs Lim, I remember your teaching and I remember your corny jokes…I really had a good time in class.”
Then I became a Principal. I wanted to mould the future of our nation and inspire my colleagues to give the best of themselves. Well, again, this did not happen all the time, but my wish and resolution every year has remained constant.
I am not sure whether my actions and the decisions I have made in making the school a better place to study, work and play were understood by all and that some hard policies or change were met with dissent and dissatisfaction, but in all the intent has been pure and outreaching to the Fuchun community.
Thus I urge all in this coming year to continue to build on
the good image of the school and be excellent role models for your peers and
the community at large. I leave you with this famous tale of the
Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee beans as food for thought:
Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans
Once upon a time a daughter
complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know
how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the
time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.
The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.
Which one are you?