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5 April 2008

hey guides! Friday was the second official jihe for the year1s, and hope they are coping fine!

First was skills training for the year1s. They were given a baggage rack proposal, and they were expected to complete it in half an hour. Throughout the session, we could see that some of the year1s are unsure of their lashes, which they are expected to know already. Year1s, do take note that you all have to take the initiative to ask for time extension before the time is up, not after. In the end, the year1s had 40mins to complete the baggage rack that they were supposed to build.

The evaluation of the structures by the year4s was that the knots were too loose, and the whole baggage rack just shake violently when it is being moved. Some of the baggage racks cannot even stand properly. So year1s, all of your have to go home and practise your knots more so that it can be up to standard, because a loose baggage rack is up to no use at all.

Here are some points that might help while tying baggage rack:

1) Make sure that all the sides are of the same length. ( Year1s, use the baisheng method that we have taught you to measure the height and length of where you want to tie!)

2) Make sure that the baggage rack is not too wide! If not your bag will drop and onto the ground.

3) Your baggage rack cannot be too high too, if not it'll be hard to reach for your bags.

4) Last but not least, do make sure that your knots are all tight, so remember to practice!

After skills training was combined PT session for the year1s and 2s.

When you thought of giving up, think through this. Every single one of the year1s and 2s are all going through the same thing together simultaneously. It's all up to you to decide whether you want to give up or not, but we believe that you guys can do it, remember perseverance is the key!

Here's a story to share:

One day, a young man was cleaning out his late grandfather's belongings when he came across a bright red envelope. Written on the front were the words, "To my grandson." Recognizing his grandfather's handwriting, the boy opened the envelope. A letter inside read:

Dear Ronny,
Years ago you came to me for help. You said, "Grandpa, how is it that you've accomplished so much in your life? You're still full of energy, and I'm already tired of struggling. How can I get that same enthusiasm that you've got?"

I didn't know what to say to you then. But knowing my days are numbered, I figure that I owe you an answer. So here is what I believe.

I think a lot of it has to do with how a person looks at things. I call it 'keeping your eyes wide open.'

First, realize that life is filled with surprises, but many are good ones. If you don't keep watching for them, you'll miss half the excitement. Expect to be thrilled once in a while, and you will be.
When you meet up with challenges, welcome them. They'll leave you wiser, stronger, and more capable than you were the day before. When you make a mistake, be grateful for the things it taught you. Resolve to use that lesson to help you reach your goals.

And always follow the rules. Even the little ones. When you follow the rules, life works. If you think you ever really get by with breaking the rules, you're only fooling yourself.
It's also important to decide exactly what you want. Then keep your mind focused on it, and be prepared to receive it.

But be ready to end up in some new places too. As you grow with the years, you'll be given bigger shoes to fill. So be ready for endings as well as challenging beginnings.
Sometimes we have to be brave enough to move from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Life isn't just reaching peaks. Part of it is moving from one peak to the next. If you rest too long in between, you might be tempted to quit. Leave the past in the past. Climb the next mountain and enjoy the view.

Dump things that weigh you down emotionally and spiritually. When an old resentment, belief, or attitude becomes heavy, lighten your load. Shed those hurtful attitudes that slow you down and drain your energy.

Remember that your choices will create your successes and your failures. So consider all the pathways ahead, and decide which ones to follow. Then believe in yourself, get up, and get going.
And be sure to take breaks once in a while. They'll give you a renewed commitment to your dreams and a cheerful, healthy perception of the things that matter the most to you.

Most important of all, never give up on yourself. The person that ends up a winner is the one who resolves to win. Give life everything you've got, and life will give its best back to you.

Love always,Grandpa

Jiayou and do your best in guides!
You'll never regret(:

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