It’s all about perspective.
The other day my five-year-old asked me why it’s been so long since we took a trip to 7-Eleven.
I told him we don’t go as much in the winder because we tend to like to get Slurpee’s, and that Slurpee’s are better in the warm weather.
I told him we don’t go as much in the winter because it’s cold.
He said, “Not on the inside!”
When we frame things in ways that work for us, worlds of possibilities open up, even beyond Slurpees in the winter.
Specifically, when we frame things with learning and growth in mind, even our stumbles turn into opportunities for progress.
As parents and educators, this could be a good message for the kids we serve.
It’s ok to want a Slurpee in the winter. You can drink it inside.
Similarly, it’s ok…
…if you’re sad, nervous, or angry. You can take a deep breath, reflect on those feeling and use the tools and strategies you know to restore to a place of calm, focus, and even joyfulness.
…if you don’t know about strategies to restore. You can learn them.
…if you get it wrong. You can practice. You will still get it wrong sometimes, but if you remember that each time you do is an opportunity for growth, you’ll be fine.
…if you fall. You can get back up.
…if you fail. You can try again.
…if you’re afraid. You can use courage.
I’ll bet you can extend that list exponentially.
I say try, and then help the kids you serve understand that there’s always a creative solution to the challenges they face, and that it’s ok (and important) to think creatively about those solutions along the way.
Live. Love. Listen. Learn. Lead. Thanks.