The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare

Good afternoon, teachers and students. Glad to speak to you today. I wish all of you a joyful heart and good health in the year of the Rabbit.

What is your impression of rabbits? It is said that people born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often lucky. They are fond of gossip but are generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and are good gamblers for they have the gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. So, in general it seems that rabbits give us a good impression. I think most of our students at school are quite like rabbits, very articulate and quite talented.

But remember one of the famous fables of Aesop about the rabbit, ie the Tortoise and the hare? Hares are very fast-moving rabbits running at extreme speeds!. The fable is about a hare who laughs at a slow-moving tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. In the running race, the hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, decides to take a nap midway through the course. When he awakes, however, he finds that his competitor, the tortoise, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived the destination before him. What has the fable told us? The hare is really the faster one but his foolish over-confidence of himself let him think that he could win the race without trying. Also, the story reminds us that not to boast of our intelligence. Slow and Steady won the race!”

I hope my sharing today will be helpful to those students who think they are not smart enough when compared with others but are willing to pay effort. You can have great achievement and win appreciation from teachers and people around. And my sharing will also remind those students who should get a better result but too confident of himself and very lazy to try hard. You should change your attitude and pay effort in the year.

Thank you for your attention.