“You can do it, dear,” said Maria’s teacher. Maria had been refusing to take part in the school play for about a week, because of the scar on her face. She was afraid of everyone laughing at her. On the day of the play, Laura stepped on the stage. To Maria’s surprise, she had a big bruise on her face. Still, she spoke confidently, and people gave her a standing ovation. Maria could not bear to look. She knew she had lost her chance. Despite her big bruise, Laura had believed in herself. This was just a question of self-confidence . .