Learning through Stories (A Book Review of ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society ‘(Part 1))

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The good thing about books is they do not only share us their stories but also their lessons. And if we only try to understand this, if we only try to dig deeper into this purpose, then I guess, more eyes would read, maybe even the thickest pages.

Last week, I’ve finished the ‘The Mysterious Benedict Society, part 1’ and I’m surely left into thinking about the uncertainties in life which led me into this consciousness: It’s all about believing in yourself and in the people you love, after all (kindly bear that in mind).

This paperback is certainly a story that has something to do with solving puzzles and making decisions in this tricky labyrinth we’re all in. I commend Trenton Lee Stewart, who is indeed as genius as the children in the story. Rating it 5/10.

Now, you might be wondering who these kids are. Let me introduce them one by one but let’s keep it short since it’s not on the characters where I’d like to put my focus. But I love these people which is why I’m going to talk about them, anyway.

The Mysterious Benedict Society Agents: (you may skip this and read the next part of you must)

1. Reynie Muldon. He is the brightest among the four. He’s the type who thinks before responding. He solves problems accurately and makes the solutions simple. He’s the type who doubts himself but ends up doing great, heroic dids.
2. George “Sticky” Washington. The complete genious. Capable of memorizing books, though this makes his works more complicated. He is often scared and nervous but when he’s with his friends, he makes a really great company.
3. Kaye Wetherall. The most active and fearless. She can make something out of nothing provided that her box is always with her. She’s forte is more of the physical and fighting stuff. I bet she could be the defender amongst the four.
4. Constance Contraire. She’s the most grumpy and demanding. But don’t blame her, she’s only 2 years and 11 months old. She’s a natural poet and and has an extreme mental sensitivity. She makes different opinions from others which make her stand out during discussions.
There you have it. They’re not just kids, you see. They are secret agents, who will save the world from the wicked plans of Mr. Curtain.

Who do you find yourselves among the four?

The Lesson Behind the Chess Game

Scenario: (excerpts)

A picture of a chessboard, upon which all the pieces and pawns rested in their starting positions, except for a black pawn, which had advanced two spaces.

The question read: “According to the rules of chess, is this position possible?”

What do you think?

This was Raynie’s brief explanation:

“Yet according to the rules of chess, the white player always moves first, the white knight may have changed its mind. The pawns can only move forward, never backward, so none of the white pawns could have moved yet. And the bigger pieces are trapped behind the pawns — because only knights can jump over things — so they couldn’t have moved yet, either. But a white knight might have opened the game by jumping out in front. Then, after the black pawn was moved, the knight returned to its original square. So it looks like the white player never moved at all. It is possible, but not quite a wise move. ”

This gave me an idea about how we usually handle our decisions under pressure and when faced with tough situations. We can reflect that we are the white pawns and the troubles in our life are the black ones. We get the priviledge to do the first move since it is our game to play.

The problem is, we often feel scared and hesitant about our moves: whether if we executed the right shift or not. But after a series of mind mapping, we easily succomb to the thought that placing the moved piece back into its original position is the right thing to do, even if in reality, we are only starting over again.

Who knows what could have possibly happened next if we devised a different strategy instead?  It could be a triumph or a failure, but we’ll never know. And that’s how we miss our chance, moving back and forth: repeating the same stage, and not actually moving.

In most circumstances, while advancing, we are often met with questions and missfortunes. They hit us without due warning, so we start to feel hopeless, tired and lost. Unprepared, we also feel scared and weak of the idea that our opponent(s) might eat us. Thus, we become unsure if we made the right move. But know that the hindrances we are facing are normal and important to prepare us of the things we want to achieve and become. As cliche as it goes, there is no easy way to success.

Meanwhile, in the midst of the play, it is comforting to know that we are not alone. We have 16 pieces and each has an integral part to win a match. Let’s trust them because they will always be there to protect and help us. They will be in our side, no matter what, even if we lose.

It is important though, to learn that sometimes, in order to gain, one must lose. Let’s love each piece but we shouldn’t be afraid to lose some of them. If it happens, let go, because that’s the way of the game. It seems unfair but we all have to accept it. Same goes in life, we have to keep a space for new things to come, and we can’t do that we only keep on filling our baggage. It would be to heavy to move on.

When faced with difficult scenarios, it’s easy, in our human nature, to give up. More so when we start to doubt ourselves. Our incapacities drown us until we raise the white flag to surrender. And the sad part is, we don’t even try. And in trying, I mean, really trying.

My dear friends, retreating isn’t always the answer, nor is giving up.  Rememberthat when you start to run: you must run forward, not backward. So long you know you’re doing the right thing and you’re happy about it, continue pursuing it. Dont’t stop. Do your best. Don’t be paranoid. Don’t be afraid. Don’t give up. Believe in yourself. As long as you still have your king to live, then the game must always be on.

Ps. This book is categorized for children. But don’t you think it’s quite strange that it is made for them yet the lessons significantly affects us, younger and older adults? For sure it has a reason. So do not limit yourself in picking a story. Read anything. Intertwine with their tales and learn their lessons. Indulge!


Author: summerbeans

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