Strength in the Face of Adversity — A Masterclass by 11-Year Old, Keaton Jones

“Don’t let it bother you. Stay strong, I guess. It’s hard, but it will probably get better one day.” Keaton Jones

This broke my heart. It inspired me to be a better person.

This is a young man that is visibly hurt and upset by the ignorant actions of insecure people. His current reality is one of confusion and hurt. He can’t see the big picture because it’s nearly impossible to see the big picture when you are confused and hurt.

As I finished watching the video, a different trait became apparent — strength. We can learn lessons from this that will make us better humans and better creatives. Obviously, there are millions of word that can be written about bullying, its effects, and the best way to minimize it. I’ll leave that discussion to the professionals. Instead, I want to focus on some practical ideas that we can implement today that will improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

Love People

Keaton doesn’t waste energy on being angry, feeding his obvious hurt, or hating the people that are being cruel. Instead, he tries to understand what is causing their actions. His reaction is beautiful and challenging. When is the last time you considered why someone treated you the way they did instead of getting angry or lashing out at them? It takes a great deal more strength to show love, but the world needs love more now than it ever has.

Don’t Be Selfish

This young man focused on trying to help people that are going through what he is experiencing himself. His heart is with those hurting, and rather than wallowing in self-pity, he offers words of encouragement and support. He seeks to provide healing. This selfless approach to life is one we can all stand to emulate.

Stay Strong

It is hard — like most of life, but the alternative is to turn into the very things we despise. There comes a point in life where you have to decide whether or not you are going face the world head on and overcome it, or give in to pressure when it comes and crumble. Strength begets progress and more strength. Crumbling results in years passing while the monuments you might have built rest in ruins.

Be Hopeful

Things will probably get better…This sentence just about ripped my heart out. In the bleakest of moments, our character is tried the most. Will we give into the darkness and despair? Will insecurity, fear, anxiety, hatred, and all of the other things that hold us back triumph? Or will we grit our teeth, fight through the tears, and approach life with the expectation that things will probably get better? Thing is, when we fight with expectation of victory, it’s often a self-fulfilling endeavor.

Without hope, without strength, without selflessness, and love, we all lose. 

What are you doing today to make your world a better place?

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