In response to prompt: Underdog
They all thought David would lose the tennis match,
They said it was no problem for Roger to dispatch.
The underdog who lost to him six times has no chance,
To beat World number two player and advance,
To the final match of the year’s last tournament,
David bluffed all and won the argument!
In response to prompt : Coincidence
I went to Lahore Pakistan to study B.Ed.. It was a great experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When our college for a week for holidays, I went to Rawalpindi to spend the week with friends whom we knew for a long time.
One day some of the family members took me to the shopping centre, while we were walking around we accidentally met two princesses from Hamza in Swat state near Peshawar. They were very friendly, we talked for sometime. One of my friends was shy and was too embarrassed to talk to them, I told her I’d introduce her, so she could become the friend of the princesses.
Later my friend told me they visited each other’s house. I thought what a sweet coincidence, now my friend can talk about her experience with the princesses.
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I always wanted to do a masters degree in education. I thought the prerequisite must be to finish B.Ed.,I took admission and saw myself in the right path to get into the MEd. program. I applied for admission,but found out from Professor Elliott,I was too young and also did not qualify,because I had no teaching experience.
At that age,I had no fear,I said whatever came to my mind. The Prof. looked at me and smiled ,he said I’ll be given a battery of tests,which will determine my eligibility. I was ready to face anything, I did the tests.I started to feel scared,I had no idea what the outcome will be. A week later I received a letter of acceptance. I informed the school,where I taught,I wanted to resign. The authorities rejected, their explanation was,I cannot resign a government job. Disappointed I wrote to the Research centre about my predicament. They agreed to take me the following year. I was unable again,I got married,my husband worked outside Bangladesh.
They say,third time is the charm,but is it,I questioned? I applied for admission in North Western University in the suburb of Chicago. I received application forms for a Phd. I thought I’ll take a chance, I failed again, my husband pointed out I will lose money because I’ll have to take leave of absence without pay and also pay tuition etc., and my children were too young,my husband could not look after them all by himself. So I lost another chance. I gave up thinking maybe it’s not for me. Thinking it to be my “Destiny”,I consoled myself.
I took an online course where I learned not to blame
“Destiny”,that I can change it if I have the will to do so!
I am not a person who is very competitive.I went through school,college and university without competing.I was mostly happy with my performance.Competition I feel causes a lot of stress. Nothing brings out my competitive streak. Having said that there was once I felt it brought out my competitive streak full throttle.
My daughter Fatima was visiting me for a few days.One day she came and asked me,was I going to be busy that day.I told her I didn’t think and was curious to know what was on her mind. She wanted to play a game of scrabble and she was wondering if I would join her.This daughter of mine hated to lose,she grew up winning everything,my husband was not particularly happy if she lost.Because she created a holy fuss which amounted to slamming the doors,stamping the floor and screaming. My other two daughters were told to let her win,they were not thrilled with the idea but they hated to see the repercussion,if she lost.
I had a perfect chance to teach her about winning and losing.Immediately I made it clear to her,win or lose she will have to control herself,she promised to abide by my rule. We proceeded to play the game,my dormant competitive spirit woke up.I sat straight and concentrated on the game.I looked at every possible nook and corner to see how I could make a word and get a lot of points.Luckily I also got the letters with high points.Fatima was keeping the score and also looking at all the possible angles where she could get the triple word score.We were at it for half of the day. I managed to use out all my letters she couldn’t. I let her add the score, I won by probably about ten points.I won both ways I won the game and also taught her a very important lesson,how to lose gracefully. Remember this I told her,”Failure is the pillar of success.”