Life is but a span
Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.
Bob King, 22.
The Grade 12 pupil was abandoned at the age of 13, and has become a source of inspiration to his schoolmates, teachers and the counity.
Everyday after schooland on weekends, while his classmates are having fun, he works as a gardener to pay his school fees, and to buy food and clothes.
“Education is my last hope,” he says. “I know that unless I get a good education, I’ll continue to live like a street kid for the rest of .”
Bob’s descent into poverty and hardship started in 1994 when his father died of tuberculosis.
He was sent to live with his mother’s relatives in a nearby village and a few months later, he received a message that his mother was dead.
When he went back home to attend his mother’s funeral, he learned that she was actually not dead, but had gone to Mozambique with a boyfriend.
For nine years, the young boy wandered from one village to another, with strangers who often treated him like a slave.
But he never quit school.
Last year, a teacher gave him a plot in the township where he built his own shack.
“He is an inspiration to all of us,” said school principal Richard Ball. “After what he had been through, many youngsters would have given up hope or turned to crime.
During the Warring States Period (475-221BC), there was a man called Yue Yangzi in State Yue. One day he saw a piece of gold on the road and picked it up. He took it home and gave it to his wife. But his wife was not happy. The virtuous woman said, “I hear that a man of morality doesn’t drink a thief’s water and a man of probity refuses to accept alms. What do you think of the action of picking up another’s lost valuable and possessing it for one’s own?”
Yue Yangzi, feeling ashamed, sent the gold back to where he found it. The next year, Yue Yangzi felt that he should go out and visit scholars to enrich his knowledge. So he set off.
A year later, he came back home suddenly. “Why have you returned?” asked his wife in surprise, “You’ve only spent one year studying with scholars.” “I come back because I missed you very much.”
Without saying anything, his wife took a pair of scissors and went to the loom at which she had worked. Pointing at the half done brocade, she proclaimed: “This brocade is woven from the finest silk. I wove one strand after another to produce the brocade. Now if I cut it, all my previous work will be wasted. It’s the same with your studies. You can acquire knowledge only through diligence. Now, you’ve stopped halfway. Isn’t it the same as cutting the brocade on the loom?”
Yue Yangzi was moved by what she said. He again left home to visit scholars. Several years later he became a learned man.
After the rain， a difficult spider to the wall has been fragmented network， due to damp walls， it must climb the height， it will fall， which one to climb， repeatedly falling and… No． a person to see， and he sighed to himself： "my life as this spider is not it? busy and no income．" Thus， he increasingly depressed． See the second person， he said： this spider really stupid， why do not dry place from the next to climb up to look around? I'll be as stupid as it can not． Thus， he becomes wise up． See the third person， he immediately spiders keep the spirit of war touched． So he has become strong．
Tip： The mentality of those who are successful can be found everywhere the power of success．