Thank you for your letter which I received
two days ago. I must really commend you on your
ability to write.
Congratulations on winning the second prize
in the national-level Petronas Art Competition.
Your parents must be proud of you. Your father
has always hoped that you would
join the ranks
of Picasso, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and
Van Gogh. Keep on practicing and participating
in more competitions to hone your skills.
Exposure to higher level competitions will spur
you to achieve greater heights, so look out for
such opportunities. I'll keep my eyes peeled for
advertisements and will let you know if I come
across any worthwhile competitions. Meantime,
continue to brush up on your skills. Observe
techniques used by great artists, study them and
develop your own style and individuality. With
determination and hard work, you will succeed.
John, along your way to success, there may be
times of hardship, when things do not work out.
Do not be discouraged, but persevere, for
success comes to those who do not quit.
Talking about persevering, I'm sorry to hear
that your brother James did poorly in his recent
exam. Tell him not to be sad but
to take his 'failure'
as a challenge to strive for better
results the next time. Remind him about the
story of the runner who didn't give up, which
Aunty Molly told both of you, and tell him to be
that runner, giving his all despite the odds. As
his elder brother, advise him to study hard, and
help him with his studies. Make sure that he
understands his lessons and encourage him to
seek help from teachers or friends. I'll be
going to Johor Bahru on a business trip next
weekend, and I shall drop by to speak to him. In
the meantime, help him overcome the difficulties
he face in his studies.
Well, John, I think you've heard enough from
me fro the time being. After all, I'll be
meeting you in person in less than ten days'
time and we'll have the opportunity to talk.
Continue to develop your talents and help James