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A few weeks ago, the kids and I were super excited to meet a friend for an afternoon boat ride on Lake Austin. She gave me directions to the marina, but it did not pull up in my GPS and I accidentally left my phone at home. (The story of my life!) After driving around in circles for what seemed like an hour, I told the kids we were going to have to meet her another day when Mommy had better directions or a phone.
At that moment Maxwell sternly spoke up from the backseat, “Mama, you just gotta keep trying. That’s what you always tell me!”
How could I say no to that?
I decided to give it one last try and stopped at the nearest gas station to ask where I might find the “small marina by the playground.” It was literally 2 minutes away down a curvy driveway that was hard to notice from the main street.
We made it. And loved it. And I’m so happy Maxwell didn’t let me give up trying to find that marina!
Not giving up is a life long lesson I absolutely want my kids to learn. And clearly, I could use a refresher on it from time to time too. I’m teamed up with Frost Bank to take on the Opt For Optimism challenge and will receive a daily act of optimism to my inbox for 30 straight days. There will be a different task each day that aligns with one of these 3 tactics for inspiring optimism: Fostering generosity, building community, or changing perspectives.
Major props to my 4 year old for giving me a change of perspective on that crazy afternoon when I was about to give up.
What is optimism?
Frost Bank sums it up nicely on their website, “Although optimism is sometimes seen as naive happiness that ignores life’s challenges, optimism experts say it’s actually a mindset for how someone chooses to cope with hardship. Optimism doesn’t just acknowledge adversity; it unlocks a sense of resilience, ambition and flexibility to help people find solutions.”
Interestingly enough, studies show that optimism is about 25% inheritable. I’m excited for this kick in the butt to intentionally teach my kids about optimism!
I’d love for you to join the optimism challenge with me! Here is the Day #1 challenge…
Through the 30 day optimism challenge, I hope to train my brain to see the good. I know my kids learn a lot from watching and listening to me, so I’m also hoping the optimistic mindset will sink in with Max and Mila. I love the idea that optimism doesn’t just acknowledge adversity; it unlocks a sense of resilience to help people find positive solutions. Optimism is contagious, pass it on!