Life Lesson 8
If you want to change the world
you must be your very best in the darkest moments
Of all the life lessons you teach your kids, which one will stick with them when they’re alone and afraid?
To practice underwater attacks against enemy ships, Navy SEAL divers must swim two miles underwater, at night, to reach their target. As they approach, the looming ship blocks all ambient light. Then they have to swim underneath the massive ship, in total darkness, deafened by the roar of machinery.
“Every SEAL knows that under the keel, at the darkest moment of the mission, is the time when you must be calm, composed — when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.”
What this life lesson means to us
The “learning zone” theory says that profound change only takes place once we step out of our comfort zone into a situation that challenges us. It’s easy for kids to be brave, smart and kind when they’re in a familiar place, surrounded by supporters. It’s not so easy when they’re finding their way through deep, dark water.
But here’s the thing: If you make it through the darkness, it changes you forever. You learn that you are capable, tough and true. You know you’re strong.