Sunday, May 22, 2016

CONFIDENCE HELPS US ACHIEVE WHAT WE REALLY WANT














Pic.: Anima D'Cunha



I FEEL CONFIDENT WHEN PEOPLE CHEER ME WHILE  
I AM DANCING ON STAGE
IN FRONT OF A HUGE AUDIENCE

-          Muskaan Valecha (Age 16)

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When I get less marks in some subjects, I become very sad… Then, I speak to my parents. They tell me, “It’s okay… Next time, you work harder.” That’s when I feel confident. I work harder the next time and get better marks in my exams.

My parents’ support encourages me not to give up, not to get disheartened… That’s the time I feel confident.

I feel confident when people cheer me when I am dancing on stage in front of a huge audience.

In my P.D. class, when I speak before a group, I feel confident.

Most of all, I feel confident when my parents support, guide and motivate me.

So, confidence, to me, is just facing my fears and difficulties with support from parents.



I AND MY FRIEND ARNAV CAME ALONE
TO OUR P.D. CLASS, TODAY.
THIS MADE ME AND MY FRIEND BOTH CONFIDENT

-          Dhruv Jagasia (Age 9)


Today, I came alone to my P.D. class with my friend Arnav. I pleaded with my mother, “Mom, for one time, can I go alone with Arnav?”

But, Arnav’s mother was not ready to send him alone with me. My mother convinced Arnav’s mother that we two could go to our P.D. class alone.

Arnav’s mother thought and said to my mother, “Fine, let them go on their own… They are big now.”

So, we both came alone to our P.D. class, today. This made me and my friend both confident.



I CAN RIDE MY CYCLE WITH ONE HAND…
AND, SOMETIMES, I TRY TO
LEAVE MY BOTH HANDS

-          Krishang Tolani (Age 7)

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I feel confident when I ride a cycle.
I can ride my cycle with one hand…
and, sometimes, I try to leave my both hands.

I feel confident when I play football...
I like to snatch the football from other players.



CONFIDENCE HELPS US ACHIEVE
WHAT WE REALLY WANT

-          Himnesh Vasandani (Age 11)


Confidence is something that makes me proud of myself.
My family is the main pillar of my confidence.

In most of the instances, my father makes me confident.

In a football match, my inner will to win the match
makes me confident.

Confidence helps us achieve what we really want…

Therefore, we should not let our confidence down
as it the most valuable asset of our life.



EVEN THOUGH MY CYCLE
DID NOT HAVE SIDE-WHEELS,
I WAS CONFIDENT
THAT I WOULD LEARN TO RIDE CYCLE

-          Mahek Gupta (Age 8)

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Even though my cycle did not have side-wheels,
I was confident that I would learn to ride cycle.
I fell off many times;
but, because of my confidence, now, I can ride cycle well.

Once, in school, I was given the task of poetry recitation
in front of the Principal, teachers and the entire school students.
I was confident that I would do it.
I practiced the poem the evening before that and, with all my confidence,
I recited the poem the next morning… Everyone was happy.

That was the first time I was standing in front of such a large audience.
It gave me more confidence to speak before any audience.


(P.S.: These are the impromptu speeches made by our on-going PD-course students on the topic: ‘WHAT MAKES ME CONFIDENT’. I shall be sharing them here on my blog for some days, and they will be published in a book by the same title on 12th June, 2016, the day of the certification.)

GERALD D’CUNHA

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