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来源:英语周报 发布时间:2009-09-02 18:21:00 查看次数:

内容提要:Is it worth it?Put first things firstThe power of encouragement

The real winner
(第4期)
 
 

  In a national spelling contest in America, an 11-year-old girl was asked to spell a certain word. But with her soft voice the judges were not sure if she spelled the word with the letter A or E. They talked it over and finally decided to simply ask her what she had said. By now, the girl knew she had misspelled the word. But instead of lying and telling the judges she had said the correct letter, she told the truth that she had said the wrong letter — so she lost the contest.
As the girl walked off the stage, the entire audience stood on their feet clapping to applaud her honesty and integrity. Later, dozens of newspaper reporters wrote about this 11-year-old girl’s courage and honesty, even when it cost her the contest. But the fact is that she won the biggest contest that day: the contest of her character.
Probably the biggest test of our character and honesty is what we would do if we knew we would never get caught.
This young girl could easily have lied, and nobody would have known it but her. But that’s just it: She would know she did wrong. It’s been said, “If you cheat, you make yourself cheap.”
This young girl was strong and smart enough to prize her own conscience and character more than the prize from a spelling contest. Her respect for herself was more important than any respect others might give her for winning a contest. She knew she would have to live with herself and the choice she made at that moment.
It’s so true that the choices you make today make what you are tomorrow.
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