Hayden’s definition of resilience

Last week, my seven year-old son, Hayden, had to discuss resilience with the family and come up with a definition of the word for his homework.

This is what he came up with:

Resilience is when you keep going and keep smiling even when things get tough.

I love it!

Let me encourage you today, if you are finding life to be a challenge to follow Hayden’s definition.

Keep going – Don’t give up on your dreams and don’t let the negativity of others stop you from doing great work.  Use any obstacles in your path to strengthen your capabilities and increase your confidence, not to slow you down and diminish your effectiveness.

Keep smiling – No matter how tough life gets, there’s always something to smile about.  Try to find three things to be grateful for in the midst of your situation, remember the good times and surround yourself with positive, fun people.  Doing so will change your perspective and give you the capacity to make it through whatever situation you find yourself in.

One of the great challenges of parenthood is to give our children the gift of resilience. 

Hayden’s only young, so I know that there’s a long way to go yet, but I hope that as he defined the word for himself, that he was able to gain a better understanding of what it means to make it through the tough times that inevitably happen in life.

And I hope that we can all learn something from his definition too.

What’s your definition of resilience?

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