The teacher watches as his disciple fails to pass a test. Then the disciple draws near. He is dejected, full of sorrow and doubt. At this moment, the test of the teacher begins.
The test is passed by the teacher who embraces the young man, wipes away the tears, and says to him with full conviction, “No great test, no test of any consequence, is meant to bestow worth. Rather, every great test reveals what is lacking in you and perfects you through your failure. Now, you are weak, but I love you. You are foolish, yet I love you. You are unsuccessful, and I love you. And when every other voice in this world declares you unworthy, I remember that I chose you—you and not the world.”
That teacher has passed his test. And his disciple will have at last witnessed what is most worthy of all things to learn.