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*Note: This is an essay that I wrote when I was in second year high school. In English class, we were asked to write a descriptive essay in our English journal. I had a hard time thinking of what topic to write about, but in the end I wrote this. This entire essay was largely kept as is because I wanted to share how Ja the high school kid wrote.

The sun had just risen from sleep ending the darkness’ reign over the sky. The alarm clock started screaming the night away forcing me to pull out from the enchanting realm of sleep. I faced the day within the control of lethargy, powerless to shake off the grogginess. I forced myself to get up from my cozy little bed, for I knew that I had so many things to do.

I wanted to finish all my homework, so that I could spend the rest of my school’s poor excuse of a semester break into hours of pure idleness. I looked around my room and saw that everything was in a disarray. My books were embarrassingly cluttered, and my pillows had traveled far from my bed. Lots of Kleenex tissues were scattered just beside the trash can, and such things as these contributed to the chaotic atmosphere of the room.

Despite the mass confusion, I was lucky enough to find my English journal. I suppressed a yawn as I opened the thin green filler and tried to focus on writing an entry. I took off the cap of my highly used, or as my mother sees it, highly abused Faster ballpen. As I did this, I realized that a messy room wasn’t the best place to start writing. I remembered the advice of my very able teacher. She told me that when I write, I should go to a place where I could appreciate nature.

I went out to our garage and sat on a beautifully crafted white chair. This was the perfect place to start writing as I had the liberty of watching the tress sway to the direction of the blowing wind. Yet the curse of apathy was still within me. As I was about to subject my ballpen into yet another grueling writing task, I realized that I had forgotten to bring my faithful companions to writing: my thesaurus and my dictionary.

My walk back into the house was done with much swaying,  and this made me look like a drunkard who was having trouble with the effects of alcohol. I pathetically bumped into things and tripped over my blue CD player. When I reached my study table, I grabbed two thick books and started to go back to the garage. Upon reaching the garage, I breathed in some fresh air and appreciated the delicate white clouds that lived in the baby blue sky.

I sat down determined to fight laziness. I stared at the blank page and imagined the face of my teacher. I imagined her scolding me for not doing my homework, and I immediately had an incentive to write. My pen was about to touch the page, when my eyes fell on one of the thick books that I brought. Stupid, I thought, I should be subjected to a full mental check-up. Better yet, I should be sent to an institution for severely ignorant beings. Why? I had mistakenly taken my Birthday Secrets book instead of my thesaurus.

I went back to the house yearning to correct this act of stupidity. I was obviously in a tetchy mood, so I grabbed my English journal, and I impatiently wrote down the date. Then, another thing hit me. The most important question came to my mind. I felt like one of those cartoons with a lightbulb on her head filled with much enlightenment. Torpor left my being, and everything seemed so clear. This question is the turning point of my experience. This question is the thing that I should have thought about a long time ago. This question is the core of every piece of writing. This question states the basic concept of writing–What will I write about?

*Note: The entire sequence of events described actually happened to me when I was trying to write this essay.

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Look before you leap. = Think before you act.

This maxim advises that we should look deeply upon the matter and think over on how it is to be done before we begin to act and also it warns that if we do not do so, we will be put into troubles after having done it wrongly.


This maxim advocates everyone who intends to excel in his endeavour. It stresses that one must be aware of planning before he begins to act on how to undertake the work. If a person wants to start a business or a project, he must plan the procedure to be followed and the methods of doing. Also, he must analyze the dos and don’ts and the pros and cons that may arise on the course of undertaking. During this analysis he can be fully aware of his venture and so he can eliminate the hurdles and hazards. Moreover he can require knowledge to rectify the unforeseen problems. The Tamil Poet and Sage Thiruvalluvar states to think and analyze thoroughly and then act accordingly and it is unwise to repent after starting to act for wrong manipulation.


Once there lived a rich man called Venkat. He reared a puppy called Tingu. It grew up into a brave faithful dog. One day, Venkat and his wife went out for shopping, leaving their little son under the care of Tingu. When they returned in the evening the dog ran out to greet his master. Venkat was shocked to find the dog’s mouth with blood. Alarmed for his child, he runs up to the cradle but he found the child missing. Seeing the ground covered with blood, he concluded that the dog had killed the baby and so he killed the dog. Just then he heard the baby’s cry and rushed there. He saw the baby unhurt and close to the dead wolf, the dog had killed. He repented for his not thinking before acting.


So, whatever we do and whatsoever manner we have, we should think before we begin to act. No action is correct which is done on the furious mood. We should apply our intellect and intelligence before we take the final decision and act upon those decisions. Because man is by nature an animal of instinct. We are moved by our emotions rather than by our wisdom. In order to save ourselves from the trap of emotions, we have to be cautious of our actions. Then only our future will be happy and peaceful.


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