The GBSS School Song (cont’d)

THE GBSS SCHOOL SONG (contd.)

CHORUS

The prize to the one who earns it

Let this be our golden rule

Endeavour enhances merit

The slacker is folly’s tool.

 

We are encouraged that to get the prize, we must earn it. This means putting effort into almost everything we do towards success. Earning must be seen in combination with the School Motto: “Non palma sine labore”, and with  the next line “endeavor enhances merit”. To me, having merit is having the capacity to constantly achieve success; that capacity must always be sharpened and honed if success is to be achieved. Shakespeare’s words which at some time we all met (or will meet) rings loudly:

“The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight

But they, while their companions slept

Were toiling upward in the night”

In later life I appreciated the fact that there  are times when considerable effort does not bring the immediate prize, However, the success already achieved by giving oneself the opportunity to effectively compete, and dogged working to keep those successes, build character as well as merit.

 

The slacker is folly’s tool

To slack in our endeavours moves us away from merit (a success mentality). Here I think the song is speaking to a greater philosophy which carries a warning. Slacking (like endeavor and merit) is a way of thinking. The thoughts we create are beings which, if constantly nourished,  can control our outlook and predisposition, and eventually our lives.

* And so  (in continued endeavour) I eagerly await your comments!!!

 

 

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2 Responses to The GBSS School Song (cont’d)

  1. Michael Henry says:

    As an GBSS old boy from a different generation (1996-2001), this was one of my favorite part. This signified to me that I had to work hard to claim the prize. This has been my motto as an educator and in life . Work hard if you want to achieve anything that’s worth achieving. It’s never handed to you.

  2. Rachel says:

    Two aspects of this blog that really impact me are:
    “Slacking (like endeavor and merit) is a way of thinking. The thoughts we create are beings which, if constantly nourished, can control our outlook and predisposition, and eventually our lives.”

    AND…
    “…the success already achieved by giving oneself the opportunity to effectively compete, and dogged working to keep those successes, build character as well as merit.”

    It is true…sometimes the success is not immediate but lies in your way of thinking and the determination to achieve, despite setback or challenge. This most certainly, builds character. “The prize to the one who earns it.”

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