Herald Journal Columns
August 25, 2006, Herald Journal

High standards of achieving

By PAM FIECKE

When our children enter into the elementary school system they are naturally taught the basics. They learn their ABCs, so they can learn to form words to communicate with others. Our children are also taught their numbers, so that they can add, subtract, divide, and multiply.

However, many times throughout elementary and high school our children are encouraged, by their parents, their school system, or someone, to try to do their best to achieve 100 percent on their assignments, projects, or test scores.

Following high school, believe it or not, you will still hear those words of encouragement, no matter where you go, or what you do in life. You will still hear, “let’s do 100 percent, let’s try for 100 percent, let’s give 100 percent.

The huge question is, what equals 100 percent in life. Have you ever wondered about those people who say they are giving more than one-hundred percent?

How about achieving 101 percent? Is it possible? Is it attainable?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these question:

If: A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z.

Is represented as: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26.

Then, count you letters in the alphabet, according to the word written. Write them down individually, and then add them together for your answer.

Let’s try “hard work.” In or out of the school system, we all do hard work within our life time.

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11=98%

We are short two percent.

In or out of the school system we all gain knowledge, or we need knowledge for our jobs, to succeed.

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+5+23+12+5+4+7+5=96%

We are short four percent.

We all need a good attitude in or out of the school system in order to help us achieve and to be a wonderful person to be around in life.

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5=100%

We achieve one-hundred percent by having a good attitude. If we think really hard, we could take on more step and make 101 percent. Just think how far the love of God will take you.

L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D

12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4=101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While hard work, and knowledge will get you close, and attitude will get you there, it’s the love of God that puts your life over the top.

It’s not what you have in your life, but whom you have in your life that really adds up and counts in life.


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