TODAY’S MANNA: Now better at the second attempt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2014 14:30

BY Berlie G. Yap


Nothing can replace excellence— to go for gold, but when it’s unavoidable, it is still alright to go for a take-two than to quit. Anyway, just come out better after a second attempt.

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal earlier in his career misspent his thousands of dollars earning to none essentials. Then realization came, his eyes were opened to past mistakes. Thus, to make up from his failures he plunged back to education. Do you know that the retired basketball legend has actually a doctoral degree? Yes, one must address him Dr. (Shaq) O’Neal.

Candidly, in our individual journeys we fail here and there. Well, it is part of the price to become a better person. However, the key is not to remain down to be trodden by your critics but to rise, shake the dusts, heal the wounds and keep the marathon.

The irony though may surprise you, people instead become sharper, deeper, better and more effective after a failure. As they say we either learn through our personal or others’ experiences. King Solomon said, “Better than a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.”

A spoor is a track, a trail, a scent, or droppings especially of a wild animal; or it is a trace by which the progress of someone or something may be followed.

An experienced tracker can easily follow another because of left spoors. Finding and identifying spoors is a tracker’s expertise like Daryl Dixon in the Walking Dead series. If you noticed in the Season 4 how he looked for his companions when they were dispersed again.

Relatively, life is supposed to be easier because of the examples of others who earlier left us ample of SPOORS of wisdom. We don’t have to pioneer everything to succeed in life. Most wisdom and priceless knowledge are insights learnt by others through their experiences and sacrifices.

Steve Jobs was a trailblazer. His innovations left opportunities to countless tech companies to also start their own “smart phone” products. Airplane manufacturers owe much to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s discovery and invention.

Because of this principle, reading is such an expensive asset to learn more or better. Hence, everyone has all the potentials to be somebody would he be willing to pay the price. God gave us equal chances. It is not in the color of the skin, monetary status, gender or anything to reach heights. When one desires and gives his all, he definitely can make it. King Solomon penned further, “...under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, BUT TIME AND CHANCE HAPPEN TO THEM ALL.”

The difference between the wise and the fool is not their outward or physical appearances but their abilities to invest time, energy and life to breakthrough a desired destination. The former pushes himself beyond his limits, while the latter is content to the little he lousily garnered.

Besides of heroes we can follow, there are also other closer people around us— responsible of our mileages; who stick with us through thick and thin times, who we can dedicate ourselves on too. They as well deserve our attentions. These people basically are our fall-backs when we have none to go. “Stop holding on to people who keep letting go of you. Pay attention to faithful people. The ones you don’t have to impress; the ones who always have your back; and the ones that love you with no strings attached.” actress Tami Roman wrote online. God bless you.