Saturday was one of those cases. My daughter and I ran a 5k trail race together. These are always some of my favorite moments with her…I just love to watch her run, love to chat with her out there, love to share laughs with her as we go along.
This being a trail race, she took two falls, the second being kind of hard. She was battered and bruised, but brushed off and continued on her way, me marveling at her toughness as she cried while she ran. When we were all finished, she’d placed first in the 12-and-unders and I couldn’t have been prouder.
Later at home, I told her she had done a great job. Her response? “Of course I did.” It made me laugh (and realize maybe we need a little lesson in humility) and I told her that I wished I had her confidence. I asked her where it came from and she told me it was easy. “Just focus on the good stuff and don’t think about the bad.”
Huh. Simple, isn’t it? Kids have the gift of not over thinking things. Would that I could approach self-confidence the way she does. But next time I toe the line, I am going to try hard to listen to her advice and focus on the good, not the bad. I think it can go a long way.
How’s your race-day confidence? Ever have a child teach you the lesson?