Resilience and Persistence

Resilience and Persistence

It was a sunny Saturday morning.  A father and his 13-year-old daughter were walking to the shops.  And they came across a sign outside the local primary school which displayed the words Confidence, Getting Along, Resilience, Organisation and Persistence.  They stopped for a moment to read the signs.  Then the father asked a question.

“What do you think of when you hear the word resilience?”

“You don’t quit” the daughter replied.  “You deal with things and you follow through with them, no matter what you feel like.  Resilience is something you can be taught.  And it is something you can develop naturally.  Yourself.”

The father was really impressed with that answer.  So he followed up with another question.

“What do you think of when you hear the word persistence?”

She paused for a moment.  “You strive for your best.  You try and achieve your goal.  Does that make sense?”

They turned up the footpath and continued walking.  And the conversation continued.

“What do you think the difference is between resilience and persistence?”

Another pause.  It was a question that challenged her young mind.  “They are pretty similar.  They would have different meanings for different minds.”

He wanted to tease that answer out a bit more.  So he asked a follow-up question.

“Can you be resilient without being persistent?”

This response came more promptly.

“I think you need both.  You will be more persistent to achieve your goal if it is important to you.  By being persistent, you will be more resilient as well.”

The conversation continued all the way home.  They discussed what their important goals were and why they were so important to them.  An authentic conversation between father and daughter.

Do you have an important goal that you want to persist with?  Have you shared it with loved ones recently?



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