Today many students in the Uk will get their results of their A level examinations. For many opening that little brown envelope will bring joy of success and the beginning of a bright future. For others the depths of despair when they don't reach the grades they needed and feel the word "Failure" hanging over their heads. Unlike many of my age I DON'T think exams are getting easier.....and even if they were it wouldn't detract from the effort and pressures our young people have gone though; especially with the constantly changing education systems and values we've had over the past few years. It may have been a long time ago but I took A levels myself....I was lucky...my efforts paid off and I passed but some of my close friends didn't and I felt their pain. For those who didn't quite make it this time I'd like to share this poem (author unknown) that I read on the Internet a few weeks ago.Failure doesn't mean - "You accomplished nothing," It means - You have learned something.
Failure doesn't mean - "You have been a fool," It means - You had a lot of faith.
Failure doesn't mean - "You don't have it," It means - You were willing to try.
Failure doesn't mean - "You are inferior," It means - You are not perfect.
Failure doesn't mean - "You've wasted your life," It means - You have a reason to start afresh.
Failure doesn't mean - "You should give up," It means - "You must try harder.
Failure doesn't mean - "You'll never make it," It means - It will take a little longer.