It’s vital to be able to ‘bounce back’
As parents – as leaders, it’s vital to demonstrate and also nurture resiliency.
It’s the ability to ‘bounce back’ after facing set backs. Imagine taking a rubber ball and squeezing pressure upon it, so it deforms out of its original shape. As you release the pressure, it actually stretches back to its original form.
Resiliency – ‘bouncing back’ from the hardship, heartaches and difficulties in life is vital to continue toward having healthy relationships and moving forward in life. Every parent I know, hopes their child can have this character quality. Every leader hopes those around them can exhibit this quality. Every one of us hopes we have it too. Why?
Because we know that we’ll need it.
In talking with a friend and the hardships that one of his son’s is facing in a post-college career – the challenges of teaching and the set backs he’s had to handle this year, he mentioned to me: “he’s resilient, he’ll bounce back”. It’s a comfort all parents desire to have, but probably wonder at times if it will be there. We can not manufacture resilience on behalf of someone, we can only help nurture it – we can help encourage it.
We can do things to foster the ‘bounce back’ mentality within our kids and friends. Here’s a few simple suggestions:
“He gives strength to those who are tired & more power to those who are weak” -Isaiah 40:29