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A blessing in disguise
It cannot be too often repeated that it is not the so-called blessings of life, its calm and pleasant experiences that make men great, but its rugged experiences, its storms and trials. Early adversity, especially, is often a blessing in disguise. Itzhak Perlman, the incomparable concert violinist, was born to parents who survived a Nazi concentration camp and has been paralyzed from the waist down since the age of four.

Kim Yu-Na first put on skates at the age of 7. Her talent was seen immediately by her skating coach. Soon, she began to train for competitions. Each day, she did 500 sit-ups and ran 6 kilometers. She has successfully won lots of titles at international competitions with brilliant performances. Her ability to overcome obstacles is truly amazing.

In 2007, she was struck by back pain. It was so serious that it wasn’t easy to move freely. But she bravely fought the pain and earned a record-high score at the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo. It was the back pain that make her be stronger. It was the rough Atlantic Ocean that made the British sailors the toughest and most skillful in the world.

The school of adversity produces the most able pupils, and most skillful in the world. The school of adversity produces the most able pupils, and the hill of difficulty is the best of all exercise for the strengthening of mental backbones. Great men can no more be made without trials, than bricks can be made without fire.

Ock Jin-Young  merrong86@changwon.ac.kr

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