I want to tell you a funny story.
I hear my son call out from the kitchen in a voice that was urgent but also calm at the same time. He said “Mum, I need you to come here quickly I’ve messed up. I make my way down to the kitchen, and as I turned the corner I saw Adam standing at the sink with a box of filtered water we had picked up from Coles earlier that day.
It was instantly hilarious.
Adam was trying to be helpful and open the box of water. However in his youthful wisdom he used a sharp knife to try and get through the thick cardboard to get the spout out.
In this process he pierced the bladder inside the box and the water started gushing out of the box.
Now, my son is frugal and wasn’t going to waste it and let it just pour down the sink – No, my son activated his innate centre for resourcefulness and instead started filling up every bowl, cup or container he could find within arm’s reach to save the water.
It was actually quite impressive the level of resourcefulness he went to in order to save an $8 box of water.
Their whole mission is to find another way, keep trying, get back up if they fall down, and somewhere from childhood to adulthood we lose that ability to be resourceful and resilient.
I had to do a deep dive into this, and what I discovered is that the reason kids are so resourceful is because they have people around them who are cheering them on, dusting them off when they fall down, and people who love them no matter what they do, or mistake they make.
It became crystal clear to me, the reason why we don’t take action or show our resilient and resourceful side as open and carefree as a child anymore is because we possibly don’t have the right team around us, cheering us on, loving us unconditionally even for our mistakes!
So, my message here today is to not only find your cheerleaders, but also have a look around your life and see who needs you as their cheerleader too. We all have such great potential and it might just make the difference in your life or someone else’s to know they are unconditionally loved for the mistakes they make and encouraged to get out there and make more!