• Most children are not afraid of failing. They ignore their failures and eventually learn to do new things
    ride a bike,
    swim and
    speak several languages
  • Most adults are afraid of failing. They do not try to move outside their comfort zone.
  • We read about “King Bruce and the Spider“. The moral of the story was “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.”
  • Thomas Edison succeeded in developing the incandescent bulb after 1000+ tries and failures. He said that he learned something new from the failed experiments.
  • NASA had failures.
    Three astronauts training for Apollo 1 Mission — Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chafee — died due to the deadly fire
    The NASA space program rebounded from the failure and eventually landed men on the moon,
    NASA developed an accelerated program to beat USSR in the race to the moon.
  • Around Christmas of 1968, three astronauts (Frank Borman, James Lovell and Bill Anders) circled the moon and sent back lovely pictures.
    Apollo 8 was an important step for a successful mission to set men on the moon.
  • I wrote a poem on “Apollo 8”. It was not published. My mentor Reverend F. Ludvig (aka Ashin Ananda) said, “Your poem is long. Most people do not have the time and leisure to read poems, especially long ones.” I could have lost heart and confidence.
  • In July 1969, Apollo 11 landed in Tranquility Bay on the moon. I wrote a poem “Men on the Moon“.
    Ashin Ananda gave my poem to Mr. Hall, Information Officer at USIS. He forwarded it to NASA. He put me on the subscription list of USIS. I received “Alin Yaung Magazine”, Newsletters and Translations.
    My poem was also published in the Guardian Newspaper.
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