Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

Hey Power Girl,

Last week was a tough week in my house hold. My brother came home with his report card. Let me tell you my parents were aghast!

His marks were not where they needed to be by a long shot!!!!

You see, my brother is in grade 11 and he only has one year to boost his marks up, until he applies to University.

His University of choice is really tough to get in to.

He needs an 87 average in order to apply. It is a really competitive program.

Now please do not get me wrong, my brother is crazy smart; he just did not use his time wisely.

Education is all a matter of working hard and giving it your all, 100% of the time, no matter what the circumstances may be!

As a matter of fact, everything you do should be done to the best of your ability. Anything less than 100% effort will yield a less than 100% result.

According to this theory my brother must have slept through a quarter of his classes.

My brother is an excellent football player and has a great passion for his game.  He gives 100% effort at practices and games. I have watched many of his games and let me tell you he is SCAREY!!!  I would not want to be tackled by him!

My parents just wish that he put the same amount of effort into his academics as he puts into football.  If my brother did, man oh man, he could be amongst the smartest kids in his grade.

So you can probably guess what his consequence was!


My brother is not allowed to play for the local football team this spring, or his high school team next fall in his graduating year!

OUCH! Talk about hitting a man where it hurts!

I can’t say my brother was the least bit surprised by this consequence. I think he knew what was coming.

The good news is that my parents are very gracious.  I guess you could say they played “Let’s Make A Deal” with him. My brother is not allowed to get a mark under 85% and he must achieve an 87% average in order to earn football back.

This may seem unrealistic  to you; however, considering that he needs an average of 87% to get into his university program, this is a completely reasonable goal.

The other thing I need to mention is that my brother is really smart and can easily achieve this if he uses his time wisely.

The completely neat thing Power Girl, is that since this deal has been made, my brother has been working so hard and has already received a 99% on an assignment!

Remember Power Girl, “every cloud has a silver lining.”  That means when things look bad, if YOU have the right attitude, you can make things right, and often even BETTER than they would have been.

This experience will end up working out great for my brother, he WILL get his marks up, he WILL get to play football and he WILL get into the University he wants.

Talk about a Silver Lining, he will end up getting everything he wants, all because of this “cloud”.

YOU have the power to achieve anything and everything that you set out to!

I encourage you to raise your standards!  If you had a failure, don’t let yourself get beaten down by it. Use it as a motivation to help you improve; to challenge you to excel and be better the next time around!

Put 100% effort into something and you will see the best results!

So kick it into high gear and be the BEST you can be!

I believe in YOU!!

Your friend and coach,

Jessy Lipke

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