I would like to share with you a story of my little self. This story comes to mind when I learned how to bring my potential out by cheating on my math test.
This memory makes me smile. This was going to be the first time I realize what potential I do have how I can or can’t apply it.
It all started with my teacher announcing a math test. I didn’t know what to expect but I was excited because we started learning how to add & subtract numbers.
I remember how I was having a difficult time with certain double subtraction equations. My teacher starts passing out this math test letting us know she wanted to see how well we are learning and how she can help us. I felt really good that my teacher wants to help me learn but I was still so nervous.
So, during the test I decided to look over at my neighbor test and start copying it. What’s funny is I felt I was just trying to solve my problems to find a way to make it easy for me to find the answers. So I continue to copy all their answers.
Not sure when my teacher caught on. Once the test was over she shouts out, “Joy! Please stay seated in your chair everyone else who is finished with your test you are able to go.” I watched everyone leave I thought to myself okay ‘maybe, I did really good on the test.’ She sits next to me and says, “Joy, How did you get the answers for your test?” I said, “I wrote them down.” She says, “Did you get your answers from someone else.” In that moment I was tempted to lie, when I looked into her eyes I felt how she would be disappointed in me for cheating, I couldn’t live with myself. I didn’t want to become the person I hated. So I put my head down and said, “Yes I took their answers. I was just having a hard time to understand.” She smiles and says, “Joy, you are smart there are many ways to find the answers your looking for. Joy you can not cheat anymore you have to find your answers.”
I felt really good that I didn’t get too much in trouble but I felt like how am I going to get this math. So, I decided just to do my best I said to myself, “Joy you know how to do that. Just be your best.”
First, I remember not to think too much about math problems. At first it was hard but at that young of an age I had a little voice in my head that said, “ Hey! You’re okay, You’ll get it just listen & do.
As I think back I can’t believe I was making a road map for myself & others to have techniques that will help them understand a meaning of oneself once again.
As I grew each year on the subject of math at first I feel hesitant because of not knowing but then I would remember what my teacher said to me. So, every time I would give it a try I notice the harder the math got the easier it became to find my answers. Within just a few years I became a math tutor in school. Never knowing what I was capable of this moment help see how much potential I have if I just apply myself from what I learn.
For all of you seeing that sometimes you make decisions that are mistakes remember to acknowledge your mistake and forgive yourself. Make decisions that will help you learn from your mistakes.
I believe you!