Paragon of humility Anula Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Galle | Daily News

Paragon of humility Anula Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Galle

Heading the Head Board
Heading the Head Board

Too many young people in this day and age have a sense of entitlement. And that is where they fail. Perfect Prefects features Head Girl of Anula Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Galle, Dilki Rashmika Sandamini who has earned the respect of others, because of her exemplary behaviour. Humility is not low self- esteem but rather high self –esteem, without being egocentric.

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern once said – “I really rebel against this idea that politics has to be a place full of ego and where you’re constantly focused on scoring hits against each other. Yes, we need a robust democracy, but you can be strong, and you can be kind.” The best way to start your school life is by being humble. It is never too late to start. You will find that those who are humble and who do not have a sense of entitlement are more likely to succeed than others. These two traits combined with the person’s inborn talents is the key to success. You have to earn respect, because people will not respect you if they feel you don’t deserve it. Expecting people to do so is the height of arrogance and the height of foolishness. Researchers in the field of psychology who study entitled individuals have discovered that people with a sense of entitlement are more likely to create conflict. We know that there is the dark side of human nature where greed, selfishness and blind ignorance run riot. There is also a dark side to society. Poverty forces people into crime and because of unemployment and the cost of living, people despair when they are unable to provide for themselves and their families. “My secret to success is hard work and humility. Though we cannot change the world, we can change ourselves and with our collective effort we can change the world. If we want to change our lives, then we need to take the initiative. I would like to make a positive difference in society. I think one can create change by being a living example. Humility and respect are so important when forming relationships. Relationships are key to peace,” said Sandamini.

When we talk about Health we talk about mental health and physical health. Neglecting both mental health and physical health is inviting disaster - the worst kind. If mental health suffers your physical health suffers and if your physical health suffers your mental health suffers. According to the WHO (2019), Depression is a common mental disorder and one of the main causes of disability worldwide. Globally, an estimated 264 million people are affected by depression. Bipolar disorder affects about 45 million people worldwide. Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various types of cancer and depression.

“When looking at society what really concerns me is the Health Sector. Making it better and more effective is something that really makes me passionate,” pointed out Sandamini. When Sandamini speaks about making the Health Sector more effective, what she is saying is consistent with the policies/ constitution of the World Health Organization.

WHO states that the achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value to all. WHO also states that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, and political belief, economic or social condition. “Having good qualities and a good education for me is very important. My ambition is to be a doctor. Professionals who practice medicine are indispensable,” added Sandamini. 2020 is the year that we truly began to appreciate the medical community throughout the world for standing bravely on the front lines in the war against Covid19 putting their lives at risk for us. These are the unsung heroes. “My biggest inspiration in life is my mother. She is my first teacher. As a child I understood how hard she worked and she is such a blessing to me. She always motivates me. I must also mention my school. It has been a huge influence in my life and has helped me to form my character. It is the biggest reason for who I am today. I cannot forget my Madam Principal and my teachers. They have always been behind me, guiding me and supporting me. Last but not least my sisters at school, they too have supported me,” stated Sandamini. She also explained that Sri Lanka is a proud nation. Sri Lanka is home to many cultures, languages, religions and ethnicities. All of this forms a unique Sri Lankan identity. “We have a rich culture and we live in a beautiful country. I think we should try and live peacefully in this country. We defeated the worst terrorist group in the world. We struggled together and then we rejoiced together after the end of the Civil War. We can be hopeful about our future. We should maintain our traditions and appreciate our culture,” said Sandamini. At school events, she is able to delegate tasks and has confidence that her master plan will be carried out to perfection by her guild. She is respected by her guild so she is able to organize her workload. She is able to prioritize her goals and meet the deadlines systematically.