Never Give Up
Ladies and Gentlemen:
“If I could reach higher, just for one moment to touch the sky…”---this is from my favorite song Reach.
When we are appreciating the passionate melody of Gloria Estefan, we could hardly imagine that she could return to the stage after her paralysis.
In the year 1990, this Cuban singer was knocked down in a traffic accident, and the doctor declared that she might never walk again.
But Gloria did not give up and kept up constant exercising.
Just one year after the disaster, she stood up again and presented this encouraging song at the Atlanta Olympics.
Whenever I think of Gloria, I can’t help recalling my memory seven years ago, when I first entered university.
Naturally shy, ordinary looking, average scores in study, just like an ugly duckling, I seemed to be the least outstanding one in my class.
And the successive failures in the beginning led me into despair.
“Am I destined to take the back seat to others?” Unwilling to submit to the fate, I paid more efforts on my study as well as many other activities, film dubbing, recital, drama… cause I just want to catch every little opportunity to prove myself.
Constant effort yields sure success.
Thanks to the competition, I received some awards and most of all, I gained the courage and confidence to face any difficulties in my life journey.
Life is just like farming, and what you can reap depends a lot on your sowing and dedication.
Once you have a dream, don’t be hesitant.
Your next difficult step may be the one to the top.
Keep going forward, even in the toughest time, and never give up.
Thank you very much.
Youth and Faith
Ladies and Gentlemen:
My name is Tiffany, a Year 2 student from the University of Macau.
I am currently an active member of the university Public Speaking Team, president of the Honours College Student Association, and also the vice president of the event department in Marketing Society.
I am very active and outgoing.
I enjoy being with people, engaged in conversations with them so that I can understand them more.
I like public speaking as it can help increase my self-esteem and self-confidence.
Aside from public speaking, I am also good at English recitation.
I have joined the Macao-wide English Individual Recitation for a number of times when I was studying in the secondary school.
Imagine a car without a steering wheel.
Tough to imagine, right? Well, actually that’s the image you see if a person has no faith.
Faith helps to guide us in our lives, encourage us to persist, and give directions when we are lost.
In this peaceful era, our life paths seem to be already well-planned and determined.
What we have to do is to follow.
Yes, we may face different sorts of challenges, but at least they are less harsh when compared to those in the past.
We do not need to worry about starving to death, or how to earn enough money to buy food for our siblings and sustain our lives.
It is like driving from a muddy road into a highway.
In the muddy road, path, you would say, as it is formed only by crossing on it many times, flattening the ground to form a smoother area so we can pass.
The road is so bumpy and rough, with holes here and there and rocks lying all over.
When we drive along this road, we have to be very careful, having a firm grip on the steering wheel, ready for a sudden turn or a large boulder that may appear any second.
However, when we drive on a highway, everything becomes different.
The road is smooth, straight, and visible.
Since there is no unseen obstacle, we may lower our guard, relax a bit, and loosen our grip on the steering wheel.
One may even think, if we only have to drive on a smooth straight road like this highway, why would we need a steering wheel?
Nevertheless, one cannot foresee the future.
Accidents do happen.
For example, a car may suddenly appear in front of you.
At such times, if you did not have the steering wheel, how could you make a sudden turn? Just as no one could foresee the Sichuan Earthquake nor the Japan Tsunami.
If the one being trapped under the debris did not have faith, he/she would not have survived until being rescued.
If we did not have faith, we could not recover from our sadness and rebuild our home.
Faith is unique, just as happiness is.
We feel happy for different reasons, we believe for different things.
How can we know what we believe in? Recall the last time you are discouraged, and you felt you had lost all hopes in your life.
What pulled you back into the world? What pushed you to stand up and continue to strive again? That is your faith, your belief.
Faith is what makes you feel you can when others say you can’t.
Faith is important…, faith is vital…, faith is necessary for us to live our lives.
If we do not have faith, we are like a car without a steeling wheel.
We can only afford to move along a straight and smooth path, and cannot meet any challenge in our lives.
One must understand that no matter how smooth the road is, it is impossible for a car to go without a steering wheel.
Or, put it in another way, have you ever seen a car without a steering wheel on the road? So, act now, my friends, find out what you believe in, find out your anchor in your life, hold on to your steeling wheel of your car, drive on, and reach your destination.
Thank you very much.
My favorite Animal-Black Faced Spoonbill
Good afternoon, dear judges.
Today my speech is “I love black-faced spoonbill.
On a beautiful winter day, I happened to meet the lovely spirit------
Black Faced Spoonbill, a type of migratory bird, which spends winter at Hong-Shu-Lin in my city every year.
Covered with snow-white feathers, it has black legs and a black beak.
Besides the blacks and whites, an amazing splash of yellow is under its neck.
So elegant that I couldn’t help loving it at first sight.
With a big and spoon-shaped beak, it can clasp fishes easily, which makes it a powerful hunter in birds.
However, with human expansion and pollution, only around 2000 ones are living all over the world.
Like the eleven swan princes in Andersen’s Fairy Tale, the Black Faced Spoonbills have always been struggling to find a tiny rock which can offer them a momentary tranquility.
Fortunately, they have found one in my beloved home.
I would always hold them dearly to my heart and wish they would return with flocks of chicks in the following years, and singing……
Oh, I have a home, such a beautiful home, where I play and rest happily.
Oh, give them a home, such a wonderful home, where the spoonbills play all day.
Thank you very much.