Last weekend I took my family and some friends rafting on the South Fork of the American River. The weather was perfect and we stopped on a sandbar to enjoy our lunch and take in the beauty of the river. After quickly eating a juicy watermelon the children set to work digging a complex trench system to “redirect the river.” I was watching their industrious and ambitious undertaking when I heard a sudden cry of anguish, “Oh no!” A younger sibling had
stepped a little too close and the soft, wet sand collapsed and filled in their trench. There was a brief moment of frustration and then I overheard one of them say “Hey, look at this guys!” as they explored new possibilities uncovered by the “disaster” moments before. Their few moments of distress were forgotten and they smoothly changed course to a new project. This time they were going to dam the river!
How much we can learn from the example of these resilient children. Robert Collier stated “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.”