A couple of weeks ago, we attended a talk called Resilient Teens, Resilient Families. I’m sure you’ve thought about this or came across articles on how critical it is to build resilience in kids. But the question is always – But how?
Lost in the Jungle: The Story of Yossi Ghinsberg
In 1981, Israeli Yossi Ghinsberg set out to explore the Bolivian Amazon forest with 2 friends and a guide, to search for a lost tribe and a river of gold. What started out as an adventure with his 2 friends and a guide to find a lost tribe of the Amazon took a turn for the worse when he and his friends were split by the river rapids.
Yossi was lost in the unchartered Amazon for 21 days. Alone. Miraculously, he survived and has since gone on to become a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur, adventurer. I hadn’t heard of him not saw his movie (Daniel Radcliffe portrays him), but after this day, I would never forget his story. To say it was riveting is an understatement.
Imagine waking up to a body covered with termites eating away at your flesh.
Imagine finding a bump on your forehead, and having to use your fingers to dig out the 14 worms burrowed in there.
Imagine hearing the sound of a rescue copter/plane above you, you shouting and waving and running after it like a mad man, and then seeing it whizz past above you.
Yossi went through all that. And didn’t give up hope.
On Pain and Suffering
Pain is a physical event. Suffering is the story that we tell ourselves and layer on top of the pain.
Next time you face an unexpected twist of events, pause and ask yourself: “How, might it be possible, that this is a good thing?”
On Parent-Child Relationships
And in order to do that, I think we have to first believe in ourselves. To be proponents of dreams. To push away skepticism which we have been so accustomed to. To embrace pain and not wallow in suffering. To understand that darkness is just the absence of light, it’s not real, and we can get out of it.
On the Pursuit of Happiness
Happen-ness means being able to deal with whatever happens now. And if I can deal with whatever that happens now, that’s happiness.”
On why it’s never too old, not too young, to embark on something new
“Being inexperienced and naive is an advantage. A professional knows what’s impossible. If you know it’s impossible, it is impossible. But if you don’t know it’s impossible, suddenly it is possible.”
I went to this talk hoping to glean tips on being a better parent, and I left with tips on being a better, stronger person.