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Somedays there won’t be a song in your heart, Sing anyways!

The concept

Resilience is about your ability to handle stress and cope with adversities. Resilient people are not ready to accept failures and defeats in everyday life. They are determined to stand up and face the world even in their difficult times and hardships.Life is not a bed of roses and you need to develop this skill to be able to not only handle tough times but also come out as winners.

The Story

The story of Dre Parker in The Karate Kid is all about not backing off when faced with a group of Kung Fu native Chinese students. With the help of Mr. Han, a Kung Fu master he is able to not only defeat the Chinese students, but he also learns the power of serenity and maturity in order to master this form of martial arts.

The Karate Kid
  • Dre is the right example of how you can how to deal with difficult situations and become tough and resilient.

The movie Soul Surfer follows the true story of real-life surfer Bethany Hamilton who even after losing one of her arms to a tiger shark’s attack does not stop believing in herself. Her dad helps her regain confidence and encourages her to take up competition surfing once again and enter the national championship.

The Soul Surfers
  • Soul Surfer is a beautiful portrayal of a girl never losing hope or giving up on her dreams.

How can you encourage resilience in your kids?

    1. Be honest and open to learning from your mistakes.
    2. Never be scared of failures.  You are not defeated as long as you do not accept defeat.
    3. Try and think positively. Even in adverse conditions, surround yourself with positivity and optimism. 
    4. Be ready to stand up every time you fall.
    5. Pat yourself on the back on small wins.

6.  Help the children to see that all problems can be solved.

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anupriya April 20, 2019 at 2:56 am

Another one of your wisdom jewels this piece. Am adding Soul Surfer to my To Watch list. And making my son watch The Karate Kid

vidhya Thakkar April 20, 2019 at 5:32 am

So true!! One must always teach kids to learn from their mistakes and admit that they did wrong

Shubhra Rastogi April 20, 2019 at 6:06 am

Loved the example of the Karate Kid. It is thus important to teach resilience.

Abhijit April 20, 2019 at 9:36 am

A great post. We are not defeated, till we think we are defeated. Apart from the movie Karate Kid which you cited, in the movie Last Samurai, the American Colonel played by Tom Cruise showed this character while fighting sword fight with a. Samurai. It is very important habit, to believe anything can happen till the last whistle is blown. It is not over till the fat lady sings.

Priyanka Nair April 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

A much-needed post when today children face a lot of competition and get pressurized. Thanks for sharing.

Sonia Chatterjee April 21, 2019 at 2:20 am

Resilience is the greatest virtue that a child can possess to help him sail through life amidst all the pressure and competition. Very relevant post.

Noor Anand Chawla April 21, 2019 at 10:51 am

Resilience in life is a noble virtue indeed! Great post.

Dipika April 21, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Oh! I agree, not quitting is a real deal. You need mettel of steel and heart filled with resilience.

Vartika Gakhar April 23, 2019 at 1:35 pm

I am loving your posts in the series Kushal. The wisdom you share is worth reading and sharing. I had written a letter to my daughters on their first day of school with a few similar lessons that I wanted to teach them and I can resonate with this post totally.

Suhasini April 24, 2019 at 9:31 am

Very well said Kushal. Resilience is one thing we need to build in our kids


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