Is it true that all is well that ends well?
Is it true that all is well that ends well?
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  • 승인 2009.06.30 17:27
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By this time of year, we tend to think that this semester is almost over. At the same time, an old saying comes to mind: ‘all is well that ends well’ (from Shakespeare’s play).
This proverb refers to a case where one does not worry too much about previous difficulties if the final outcome is good. It is relevant to those of us who are waiting for the results of what we have been doing so far. Of course, everyone expects to get good results for the effort they have made this semester.
But wait a minute! Is it really true that all is well that ends well? This can be construed in two different ways: It will be really good if you have done your best for some time and, accordingly, you get a good result. On the other hand, you may know that you have not given your best, but you still do well. If you were in the latter case, would you still feel good about the outcome?
You may want to say it is okay as long as the result is good, but deep inside there is an alter ego that tells you it is not ok if it is not deserved. Or, you may ascribe the good result to mere luck. This may sound very complicated, but one thing is clear: each person wants to get a good result at the end of any process.
It is the perfect opportunity to measure your micro-plans against your long-term plans, such as your plan for the semester, which is only a portion of a life-long plan. Each intermediate result of a series of small plans accumulates to end up at the expected result in the final stages of your plan. This can only be achieved if we are aware of the importance of time and plans, following our plans with the meticulous execution of each sub-plan for some final goal.
What is required to lead our plans to success is a sincere evaluation of our past failures or achievements and a willingness to accept any criticisms. From such acute appraisals, we may learn important lessons from our past mistakes and become honest about ourselves and so develop self-confidence. Now, we may start to think that the most important thing is not the result, but each small plan we pursue to move closer to the culmination of our plans.
All of us are standing at the end of the 2009 Spring semester, which is just the right time for us to ponder upon and assess the past three months. The lessons we learn from this self-examination will be integral elements for our next plan, whose segments will ultimately be realized one by one in a fluid-like manner.
We need to have a plan for this coming summer break, which is very important for us, since during that time we could refresh ourselves and gear ourselves up for the second semester. So, we need to think hard about our summer break plans if we really want to smile at the end of this year, while thinking of that old saying, ‘all is well that ends well.’

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